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Oklahoma Earthquake

Just another earthquake in OK, nothing to see here....move along....


Extensive damage reported from Oklahoma earthquake near major oil hub

Damage to building in downtown Cushing, Oklahoma is seen after 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook the region, near a major oil hub, on night of Nov. 6, 2016


CUSHING, Okla. -- A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows in a central Oklahoma city, rendering century-old buildings unsafe and raising concerns about key infrastructure.


Cushing Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier told a news conference late Sunday that a few minor injuries were reported. He said the damage appeared to be contained to downtown, where piles of debris sat at the base of some commercial buildings.


CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV described the damage as extensive.

In downtown Cushing, there is everything from moderate to severe damage, the station said.


Oklahoma has had thousands of earthquakes in recent years, with nearly all traced to the underground injection of wastewater left over from oil and gas production. Sunday’s quake was centered one mile west of Cushing and about 25 miles south of where a magnitude 4.3 quake forced a shutdown of several wells last week. - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |


Fearing aftershocks, police cordoned off older parts of the city to keep gawkers away late Sunday. Frazier said an assisted living community had been evacuated after damage was reported. Part of the building collapsed, reports CBS Tulsa affiliate KOTV.


The Cushing Public School District canceled Monday classes.


 Emergency managers said the town’s hospital and hotels weren’t damaged, KOTV says.


“Stay out of the area,” said City Manager Steve Spears, who noted that while some damage was superficial, compromised foundations and other potential problems would be difficult to assess until daylight in the city of 7,900 about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.


The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported Sunday night that no highway or bridge damage was found within a 15-mile radius of the earthquake’s epicenter.


The quake struck at 7:44 p.m. Sunday and was felt as far away as Iowa, Illinois and Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey initially said Sunday’s quake was of magnitude 5.3 but later lowered the reading to 5.0.


“I thought my whole trailer was going to tip over, it was shaking it so bad,” said Cushing resident Cindy Roe, 50. “It was loud and all the lights went out and you could hear things falling on the ground.


“It was awful and I don’t want to have another one.”


Goods that fell from store shelves are seen after 5.0 magnitude earthquake on night of November 6, 2016 in area of Cushing, Oklahoma


Cushing’s oil storage terminal is one of the world’s largest. As of Oct. 28, tank farms in the countryside around Cushing held 58.5 million barrels of crude oil, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The community bills itself as the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.”


Frazier said two pipeline companies had reported no trouble as of late Sunday but that the community hadn’t heard from all companies.


Megan Gustafson and Jonathan Gillespie were working at a Cushing McDonald’s when the quake hit.


“It felt like a train was going right through the building, actually,” Gustafson, 17, said Sunday night as she and her co-workers stood behind a police barricade downtown, looking for damage. “I kind of freaked out and was hyperventilating a bit.”


Gillespie said the building shook for about 10 seconds, but that he wasn’t as alarmed as Gustafson because he lives in an area that has experienced multiple earthquakes, especially in recent years.


“I didn’t think it was anything new,” he said.


According to USGS data, there have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week. When particularly strong quakes hit, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission directs well operators to cease wastewater injections or reduce volume.


A 5.8 earthquake - a record for Oklahoma - hit Pawnee on Sept. 3. Shortly afterward, geologists speculated on whether the temblor occurred on a previously unknown fault.


“I was at home doing some work in my office and, basically, you could feel the whole house sway some. It’s beginning to become normal,” Spears, the Cushing city manager, said Sunday night. “Nothing surprises you anyway.”



4 Replies

Re: Oklahoma Earthquake

The Good Lord graciously delayed one of his totally naturally occurring earthquakes until well after Gov. Fallon's Pray for our Oil and Gas Industry Day.

Veteran Advisor

Re: Oklahoma Earthquake

Fallon, another Republican piece of work. All this money they had over the course of the last ten years - her bragging about how OK didn't have a recession.

WHAM!!!!! Right between the eyes. Me? I'll pray that oil prices go even lower, after the lies in our lifetime saying we were running out of oil and pushing crude as high as it could go. High highs mean low lows - deal with it...

Tick Tock....


Re: Oklahoma Earthquake

I think the Peak Oil story is still very much alive- still a very big difference between 50:1 EROEI Permian Basin conventional crude and 10:1 tight oil or 2:1 corn ethanol.


Conventional high EROEI crude is definitely in decline but unconventional is filling in. And low EROEI oil does create a lot of jobs- it costs a lot so a lot of energy and capital go into it. But at some point it is like paying people to dig holes and then paying them to fill them in. A $T or so has gone where money goes to die.


Moving down the food chain to lower EROEI energy forms is necessary if we're going to invest it into renewables- otherwise we're just on a joyride to oblivion.


God, or however you'd like to give attribution to, gave us a one time gift. About half of it goes out radiators and tailpipes as waste heat from IC engines on a given day.


BTW, farming is more than a little like the oil business. Since its inception, oil has never been profitable except when somebody is enforcing production discipline on the market- Rockefeller, then the Texas Railroad Commission, then OPEC.


Currently no one can or will so everybody is losing money but can mostly cover variable extraction costs so it is a long and painful ride bringing the market back into balance.


Commodity farming is similar- given to long busts and short booms except to the degree that government intervention smooths it.



Senior Contributor

Re: Oklahoma Earthquake

Yes itg was the second one we felt in Tulsa in the past week. This one was felt as far away as Iowa, This one lasted a bit longer than usual.