Oklahoma earthquakes made a triumphant return…

Although they do not specifically target virgins at summer camps, The Oklahoma earthquake epidemic is a lot like a horror movie monster. It’s elusive, treacherous, hard to predict, and just when you think it’s safe to hangout in Bricktown again, it returns with a vengeance, shaking your fears and rattling your sense of safety.

Oklahomans from all across the state experienced this last Friday when another man-made earthquake shook our red earth foundations. This one occurred near Stroud and reached a pesky 4.2 on the Richter. It’s what Mike Morgan would call a lil’ rumbler.

News 9 filed this report:

Scientists are working to determine what caused six earthquakes near Stroud Friday morning. The cluster started with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, and five more quickly followed nearby.

Wait a second? “Scientists are working to determine the cause of the quake?” That’s weird. Can someone show them this episode of 60 Minutes, or this article in The New Yorker, or this article in the LA Times, or any of the other scientific articles that connect the Oklahoma earthquake swarms to irresponsible and negligent injection of oceans of wastewater deep under our crust?

Here’s more:

While many of Oklahoma’s earthquakes have been linked to wastewater disposal into the earth’s crust, researchers still have yet to discover how long it takes the faults to react to water pressure, so this cluster could point to additional events in the future.

Wait. Scientists didn’t know the cause, but now they do? I always love News 9 and its contradictory reporting.

Now, a feverish accumulation of data is underway at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and Oklahoma Geological Survey to map and analyze a nearly straight line of earthquakes from northwest to southeast.

“We have no mapped faults around that event,” notes OCC spokesman Matt Skinner.

OGS seismologists say the cluster reveals a previously unknown vertical fault halfway between Stroud and Cushing. The first quake rumbled about five miles under the earth’s surface, with the subsequent quakes growing weaker and shallower along the line.

Yeah, the earthquake cluster revealed a previously unknown fault. That can’t be good. Did these assholes not call OKIE before digging? Maybe I’m just an overly cautious worrier, but we should probably double-check for hidden faults before pumping millions of gallons of high pressure waste water deep underground. It seems like a smart approach.

Anyway, you can read the rest of the News 9 article here. It’s ridiculous we still have to worry about these types of things killing us, but then again, I guess that’s the trade off to living in a real life horror movie like Oklahoma.