Oklahoma just recorded 40 earthquakes in a week

Grist

Once known primarily as the home of tornados and the Hanson brothers, Oklahoma has a new claim to fame: earthquakes!

We’ve told you about the state’s frightening trend before, but now it’s hit a new milestone: EcoWatch reports that Oklahoma has experienced 40 earthquakes in the past seven days. Just yesterday, five quakes measuring over 4.0 magnitude were felt in Oklahoma and surrounding states, which would seem shocking but the rate of earthquakes has increased so dramatically in recent years that they’re probably pretty used to it by now. Just how dramatic is this increase? Oklahoma reported 562 earthquakes of 3.0 or greater in 2014 — three times as many as California had and 600 times the historical averages. No big deal! Nothing to see here!

While some theorize that Oklahoma’s uptick in earthquakes is the land trying to belch out Sen. James Inhofe, the science is clear: It’s all fracking’s…

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