I don’t want no damage

But how’m I gonna manage this?

North-central and northwestern Oklahoma are among the highest risk areas in the country for damage from earthquakes, according to an updated earthquake hazard report released by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday.

The report marks the first time the USGS hazard map has included risk from both natural and human-induced earthquakes.

“By including human-induced events, our assessment of earthquake hazards has significantly increased in parts of the U.S.,” Mark Petersen, chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, said in a statement. “This research also shows that much more of the nation faces a significant chance of having damaging earthquakes over the next year, whether natural or human-induced.”

The fracking problem apparently isn’t actually fracking, per se, but the disposal, via injection, of waste water.

The probability diminishes the farther you get from Fairview, which endured a 5.1 quake in 2011, though there are areas of concern in Dallas and in northern Arkansas. Biggest ever in the state: 5.6. Now how big is 5.6? This big, at least in Big D:

If a 5.6 magnitude quake were to happen, northwest Dallas, West Dallas and downtown would bear the brunt, according to the U.S. Geological Survey ShakeMap included in the FEMA report.

Levees and dams could collapse. About 80,000 buildings would be at least slightly damaged, causing $9.5 billion in “direct economic losses.” Some 290 area bridges — those with a “10 percent or greater chance of exceeding slight damage” — would need to be inspected to make sure they didn’t crack or buckle.

I suspect some of us will crack or buckle when the ground shakes.



  1. Roger Green »

    30 March 2016 · 8:30 am

    Saw that story, and thought/worried about you.

  2. CGHill »

    30 March 2016 · 9:28 am

    I figure it’s about the same risk I get from weather hazards. (The major difference: weather gives you something resembling a warning.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    30 March 2016 · 9:37 am

    I admit when I travel by train, I always have a moment of concern while on the old Eads bridge across the Mississippi – “What if the New Madrid fault were to go at precisely this minute?”

    I really don’t want to find myself thinking about that for some little Oklahoma fault as I drive across the bridge over the Red to get to a better grocery store than the ones we have in town. (Or worse, if I have to drive over the Roosevelt Bridge, which I openly admit freaks me out and I don’t like driving over at the best of times)

  4. McGehee »

    30 March 2016 · 5:27 pm

    The wife and I want to retire to a place so close to a certain supervolcano that warning signs wouldn’t matter even if there were any place to run to that wouldn’t get buried in a super-eruption.

    But if it happened, imagine what we’d save on burial costs!

  5. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    31 March 2016 · 12:20 am

    Wasn’t the Virginia quake a few years ago 5.8? IIRC, the major effect was causing pets to hide under beds.

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