Oklahoma coming to terms with unprecedented surge in earthquakes

10:22 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Oklahoma coming to terms with unprecedented surge in earthquakes

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Oklahoma native and Los Angeles Times reporter Hailey Branson-Potts looks at the rise of earthquakes in Oklahoma, which has already had twice as many earthquakes this year as in 2013.
When Austin Holland was being considered for his job as the sole seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 2009, his interviewer posed a wry question: "Are you going to be able to entertain yourself as a seismologist in Oklahoma?" Back then, the state had a 30-year average of only two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher per year.