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Arkansas - Largest earthquake in 35 years

More than 800 temblors since September
 

 

 

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1 Mar 11 - The central Arkansas town of Greenbrier has been plagued by more than 800 small earthquakes in recent months, says this article in the Kansas City Star. Last night residents awoke to the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years.

The magnitude 4.7 temblor - also felt in Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi - was centered just northeast of Greenbrier, about 40 miles north of Little Rock, in what is now being called the Guy-Greenbrier earthquake swarm.

"The earthquake activity varies each week, though as many as nearly two dozen small quakes have occurred in a day," says journalist Sarah Eddington.

"Researchers are studying whether there's a possible connection to the region's natural gas drilling industry.

"A six-month moratorium was established in January on new injection wells in the area to allow time to study the relationship - if any - between the wells and the earthquakes."

See entire article:
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/28/2689334/largest-earthquake-in-35-years.html
Thanks to James Knowles for this link

"I personally find this interesting since new zealand started having earthquakes last september totalling over 5,000," says James, "and since last september this region of arkansas has had 800."

I'm with you, James. With all of the earthquake activity in New Zealand (that also began in September), I'm inclined to doubt the drilling connection.                                - Robert


Here's another article on this subject sent in by James Kuntz:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/18/133864321/arkansas-is-shaking-50-earthquakes-in-past-week-700-in-last-six-months











 

 
 



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