Oklahoma Tops Continental US Earthquake Chart


Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 7:36 pm
By: News 9


The early morning earthquake was strong enough that it was felt across much of the metro and for most of us now, these tremors are no longer a surprise because we get so many.

9 Investigates' Alex Cameron joins us now with some numbers that may also rattle you.

By now, you know that Oklahoma is in the midst of an almost 5-year-old earthquake swarm, an unprecedented increase in seismicity that some believe is tied to oil and gas activity, although science has yet to say for certain what's behind it all.

Whatever the cause, the fact is the earth is shaking here in Oklahoma more than anywhere else in the lower 48.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), since the beginning of 2014, Idaho has had 22 earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater, they're number five on the list.

Montana has had 31 3.0 or greater quakes in that time. At number three, Oregon with 47 such quakes. At number two, yes, number two, California, with 182, 3.0 or stronger earthquakes.

Number one isn't even close. Since January 1, Oklahoma has had 303 earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater.

Now, I will point out that, if you look at the entire United States, Alaska easily tops Oklahoma, with 599 earthquakes this year. And Hawaii would also be in the top 5, with 35.

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