Earthquakes News

Bill Banning Local Drilling Rules Passes Oklahoma House

Legislation that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations was approved by the Oklahoma House on April 22, one day after the Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that a swarm of recent …

Oklahoma Geologists Also See Earthquake-Injection Well Link

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. Scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological …

Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

California Bill Seeks Reports on Water Infrastructure Vulnerability to Quakes

At the start of a fourth-straight year of drought, California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg has introduced a bill requiring regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake. Senate Bill 664 addresses Integrated Regional Water …

RMS Study Shows Significant Tsunami Risk in Caribbean, Mediterranean

RMS, the catastrophe risk management firm, has released a global tsunami risk study that identifies more than 20 subduction zones worldwide capable of generating a giant earthquake and tsunami – similar in scale to the March 11, 2011, Tohoku, Japan …

Oklahoma Commissioner Warns Insurers on Denial of Earthquake Claims

With the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma — which some say are at least partly attributed to waste water injection wells related to the practice of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner …

Oklahoma, U.S. Differ in Earthquake Calculations

The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported fewer than half the number of 4.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey, according to agency records. While OGS reported six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last …

2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years: Guy Carpenter

Insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009, according to Guy Carpenter’s annual Global Catastrophe Review. The report says that significant insured losses in 2014 totaled approximately USD33 billion, a dramatic drop when compared to the …

Kansas Earthquakes Further Damaging Century-Old Courthouse

Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas. The bill just to repair the 107-year-old stairways has increased from $400,000 to $1.1 …

Wastewater Injection Shaking Oklahoma; Tracking, Management Needed

Not so many years ago, earthquake science was no more relevant to Oklahoma than marine biology. But these days the state is shaking way more often than California, and giving many people there an unwanted crash course in seismology. Last …