Oklahoma has been in the news more than usual recently. The state legislature’s profile is higher than normal because they vehemently oppose same-sex marriage. The fraternity incident at Oklahoma University gave the state more publicity than they needed, and constant earth tremors are creating news stories around the state and the country.
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say those tremors are caused by the reactivation of fault lines that are hundreds of millions of years old. The fault lines are about 3.7 miles below the surface, and legal counsel said that they could rupture and cause a major earthquake at any time. The damage from one of these earth ruptures could be devastating.
The report by USGS suggested that the fault line ruptures were caused by recent fracking and hydraulic drilling, and most people in the state believe that activity is to blame. The tremors have become more frequent in the last five years. The report also said there are 12 different fault zones and all of them are capable of producing major magnitude earthquakes. Oklahomans are known for being a deeply religious group. But it may take more than prayer and earthquakes to shake some sense into Oklahoma’s state legislators.