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2nd Earthquake Hits East Texas!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

History shows more earthquakes could come soon

Earthquakes occur all over the United States and even here in East Texas. Since 1850 there have now been 11 earthquakes reported in East Texas with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater on the Richter Scale.

There are some reports of minor damage in the Timpson area, such as fallen dishes, broken windows, and the most significant damage so far being reported at the Ollie Barrett residence, where numerous bricks from their chimney came crashing down into their living room, along with their 52 inch television that was mounted over the fireplace. This is the second time in a week an earthquake has hit near Timpson.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck three miles east of the city of Timpson Thursday morning at 3:12.

5km (3mi) E of Timpson, Texas
45km (28mi) NE of Nacogdoches, Texas
52km (32mi) ESE of Henderson, Texas
71km (44mi) S of Marshall, Texas
343km (213mi) WNW of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

According to the USGS, the strongest quake in East Texas, back in 1957 was a 4.7 magnitude near the Diana area. The second strongest earthquake was near Hemphill in 1964. This morning’s quake would be the third strongest in East Texas’ history.

When you look at the fault lines across the country you will notice there are literally hundreds that run northwest to southeast across East Texas. That fault lines are classified here as “Class B” faults meaning there is very little seismic activity.

It is also interesting to note that studies have suggested that much of the seismic activity along these faults could have been artificially created due to the extraction of oil or fracking for the extraction of natural gas. My bet is that it is the latter.

Based on the information at hand, I would not be surprised to see one or two more quakes before the fault settles down again. Thankfully major damage rarely occurs from earthquakes under 6.0 here in the United States with our stronger building codes and the type of faults across East Texas have yet to produce that strong of an earthquake.

Quakes in Texas … as the green future unfolds.

Picher Oklahoma Is Dead

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

RIP Picher, Oklahoma 1918 – 2011

Image Credit: sync.democraticunderground.com

Image Credit: sync.democraticunderground.com

Located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, the town of Picher was once home to the world’s richest lead and zinc mining field. After decades of mining, towering piles of mine waste covered 25,000 acres, devastating Quapaw tribal lands and local economies. Acid mine water burned nearby Tar Creek and stained it red. An alarmingly high percentage of local children were found to have toxic levels of lead in their blood, along with high rates of cancer and other diseases among the populace. (more…)

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