Tuesday, October 19, 2010
There was an earthquake where?

Oklahoma and Michigan aren’t the first places that come to mind when you think of earthquakes, but last week we received reports of quakes from iReporters in both states.

Wednesday, October 13, was just like any other morning for student Lauren Been. She went to an advisory meeting at the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Just six minutes into her appointment, the building she was in started to sway.

Her advisor, being from California, wasn’t alarmed. However, when Been left the building, she was confronted by yellow caution tape and a large police presence. The building had been evacuated due to the third largest instrumentally recorded quake in the state.

“I definitely should have cut my appointment short,” Been joked.

Then there’s one of the most bizarre iReports ever seen. When Jason Asselin heard about a crack in the ground ---  5 feet deep in parts --- splitting a backyard in Birch Creek, Michigan, he had to check it out for himself. He told me he spent a few hours at the site. According to landowner Eileen Heider, the crack first appeared on the morning of October 4.

Professor Wayne Pennington, a geologist at Michigan Technological University, told CNN affiliate WLUK that he believed the crack was caused by a small earthquake. Asselin went back and spoke with Heider, who said her chair shook around the time it happened.

When earthquakes hit unusual places, as they seem to have in recent weeks, it can certainly cause some confusion among residents of the area. Several minor earthquakes also hit Arkansas last week, though CNN weather says that the occurance isn’t too rare.

As always, if you feel an earthquake, wherever you are, share your experience with iReport and if possible, show us what happened on video, but remember to never expose yourself to a dangerous situation.

October 19, 2010
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I knew there was a crack problem in Michigan, but this is ridiculous!

October 19, 2010
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That's not uncommon... We've had a couple small tremors here in WV this summer.  There is a very old, stable fault line that runs through the eastern US.

October 19, 2010
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Lordy, His will be done, and that right soon. Hold on, there's a World shaker 'a comin'.

October 19, 2010
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It would have been nice if the article included the magnitude of the "third largest instrumentally recorded quake in the state." 

October 19, 2010
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Linear, the quake they are talking about in Oklahoma was officially a 4.7.  The first report was a 4.1 then for some odd reason it went to 5.3 and then they settled on 4.7.  I live about 140 miles North/East of Norman and we felt our building shake.  It was pretty wild, although I have been in a quake in California some time ago this is the first one I have felt in Oklahoma.

October 19, 2010
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Were getting closer to the king of kings and Lord of Lords (Jesus Christ)coming to establish his everlasting Kingdom on this earth! There will be earthquakes in various places as it says in Matthew 24:7 in the bible. But of course they will be worse when we come closer and closer to the end of days! Read Matthew 24:3-14

October 19, 2010
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I have read Matthew 24 before, I understand the end is coming; however, this earthquake doesn't compare to what they describe.  It was a very minor quake and it is only 1 of many that hit Oklahoma every year.  Jones Oklahoma  has any where from 30-100 quakes a year.

October 19, 2010
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Isn't it funny how anytime there is a natural disaster, you always have someone talking about "End of Days."  How laughable!  There have been natural disasters since Earth's creation, all over the world in "various places." What a generalized statement!

October 19, 2010
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There are hundreds of earthquakes every day and everywhere. That one was strong enough to be felt in areas where they are not usually that strong does not mean the apocalypse is coming. And Oklahoma has had quite a few big ones in the past, jusging by the rock formations I see when I go through there. But if it makes you happy, you go right ahead and prepare for the end - just don't bother me with the bs cause I don't want to hear it.

October 19, 2010
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Are you serious? citing the Bible

Earthquakes had been going on before the Bible, its a regular earth thing, nothing to do with Jesus Christ.... DO GOOD TO YOURSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE and you'll be fine, why should you scare about earthquakes if your mind is clean and peaceful.

October 19, 2010
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the New Madrid fault line should hardly be a surprise to CNN, oh wait, I forgot that many writers don't really take the time to check much of anything anymore.  Although the tremor in OK might be a little out of the way

October 19, 2010
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Net search - "Late Harvest Moon BHM"  There at least 5 pages of important evidence for one to consider regarding the True lateness of the hour.




October 19, 2010
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Earthquakes are more common & in places which don't normally have Earthquakes.   This along w/ the World economy & the environment we live in becoming unlivable.

Put that together w/ people who want to talk w/ their dead love-ones,  we have a planet in trouble.

Jesus is coming soon!  Jesus said it would be a surprise to most people so no matter how bad things get, there will always be people who say "peace & safety, don't worry"     

October 19, 2010
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First of all even the USGS did not detect an earthquake in Michigan, certainly not one strong enough to cause a huge, deep crack!


Second, there were 60 (not several) minor quakes in one small area of Arkansas last week.  Sure, minor quakes in Arkansas are not unusual, but SIXTY quakes is.


Please get your facts straight or are you deliberately trying to keep people from realizing that something is very wrong on planet earth, and it has NOTHING to do with "global warming" or anything else mankind is doing or not doing.  Better find out, fast.  The power elite already know, but they do not want YOU to find out!

October 19, 2010
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For once can people leave "God" and all those other fairy tale stories out of reality. It's an earthquake people, pull your head out of the bible and take a science class.

October 19, 2010
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I grew up next to the New Madrid fault in Southwestern Indiana. We had lots of minor quakes, but it is long overdue for a major earthquake. Just look it up in wikipedia... it is famous for monster earthquakes and it has been quiet for a very long time. This is nothing new... heck, even "it could happen tomorrow!" featured this fault line and its potential impact to modern day Memphis, TN.


October 19, 2010
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The religious loonies are at it again!

October 19, 2010
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Several small earthquakes hit in the Arkansas area every day.  This is part of the New Madrid fault.  Very active, although rarely a big one like hit the area in the early 1900's.  But, still active enough that I have earthquake insurance and fully expect another big one in my lifetime. 

October 19, 2010
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O.K., wakeup3000, enlighten us all as to what you are referring to.  What do the "power elite" know that all of us dumbos are clueless about? 

October 19, 2010
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I find it highly ignorant for folks to call the next person's beliefs "fairy tales". Who are you to judge the next? What if there is a religous element to some of these catastrophic events that have been becoming more frequent? Let me propose that maybe you people are the real loonies.

October 19, 2010

READ THE BLOG- The link is at the bottom of each video page of the Michigan Earth Quakes...

October 19, 2010
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Jesus is laughing in his grave at you hopeless religious nuts. Get a life!

October 19, 2010
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crack problems are everywhere.   if they legalize it at least they can tax it.

October 19, 2010
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people people the world is coming to an end o my, big shocker. with all the child rapist and serial killers on the loose, it should have ended already. also no man shall no the day nor the night, so i predict that it will end sometime, but i dont know when... does this help??

October 19, 2010
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The religious freaks are hilarious.   Think about this for a minute, every country that is controlled by a religion, the people are tormented, often tortured, and frequently massaquered.  When religion does not rule, but allowed to be free, not so much.  So for all you religious zealots go start your own country and persecute the people that partake of your beliefs, just leave me alone.  Religion always wants you to come join them follow what they believe and do what they want you to do and at the same time they don't want you to be free to do what you want to do.  Just wants you to go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

October 19, 2010
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Every generation for millenia has believed that the "end" is coming during their life time. Everyone thinks they're special. Everyone thinks they're unique. Everyone thinks the world revolves around them, is about them, and for them. It's so incredibly sad. The world isn't ending. All religions are cults. The world will end about 4 billion years from now when the sun starts to burn its last remaining fuel. But we won't be around for that. Our species will be long gone and the planet a better place for it...

October 19, 2010
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SDCyclist has got it right.  Mankind is a mere pimple on the timeline of the planet.

October 19, 2010
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  Willing to bank your eternal future on that, SDCyclist? You don't have a magic ball to  predict that the end of the world will occur when the sun burns up, anymore than each generation that believes the world will cease to exist in their time frame.  Someone DOES know,however,that there is only one community to join, and that is the community of believers in God. 

October 19, 2010
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Earth is millions of years old.  Our ability to accurately record Earth's activity around the world at the same time: 100 years old.  How can you even begin to say something is wrong with the Earth, when all you have to compare to is less than .0001% of Earth's actual existence.  Even if you want to say Earth is 6000 years old.  Your still talking about 1/60th the amount of record-able time.  For all anyone knows, this could be extremely mild conditions on Earth.

October 19, 2010
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The Earthquakes in Arkansas are being investigated and are presumed to be caused by all the Natural Gas drilling that has plagued the area over the past few years. I live about the 30 miles from the epecenter which is Guy, Arkansas. One of those towns if you blinked while you were driving through it you wouldn't even see it. I am from Los Angeles California from 1960 thru 1998 and lived thru several earthquakes and having my house distroid while living in Northridge, Ca in 1994. That was enough for me but the earthquakes out here are meer Pop corn farts compared to the west coast.

October 19, 2010
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I believe that crack is related to the EQ, but it is probably not a fault offset (go to Meers, OK, to see a nice, recent fault offset). That crack is likely due to liquefaction or lateral spreading from the shaking. Given that you have many drainages around the lake, you have a lot of saturated ground that would settle given the proximity of the event. Very cool crack!

October 19, 2010
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The kicker is, the USGS says it wasn't an earthquake.... What gives?

October 19, 2010
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Some geologic facts - The Michigan Basin is still rebounding upward at several millimeters a year from the removal of the weight of billions of tons of ice that melted away at the end of the last Ice Age 14,000 years ago. Michigan was once covered with an ice sheet a mile thick and the removal of this weight resulted in crustal rebound thatis still ongoing. Having minor tectonic rumblings is not surprising.


Oklahoma, while part of the typically stable North American Continent (craton) has undergone 

episodes of tectonic uplift, moutian building and even periods of volcanic activity in the geologic past.  The Ouachita thrust belt is a deeply faulted area that has been fantastically folded and faulted.  The Arbuckle mountains are the buried roots of a chain once the size of the Rockies. Seismic activity, while not common or spectacular in Oklahoma, has been occurrng for hundreds of millions of years. 


Having experienced many earthquakes, I can sympathize with those experiencing even a relatively minor 4.0 Richter event for the first time.  It can be very frightening and disorienting.  Living in the most seismically active State in the Union (Alaska), we get a couple of good "toothshakers" a year.  Had a good 5.3 just a few weeks ago, lasted for almost 30 seconds.

October 19, 2010
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all of you who debunk the Bible make me so sad.Yes, Mathew 24 has all this info and more.Plus, the prophesies in Daniel, Mathew, Mark and Revelation will mean nothing to you, because Satan wants you to remain unaware of the truth. CREMULOS, Jesus for one, is not laughing in HIS grave,HE rose from the dead,and 2nd, HE wants that none should perish...HE'S given us all freedom of choice, sorry you picked the wrong belief.Will pray for your soul....Living an eternity in HELL is not what anyone would want. Just think about it,and God Bless you.

October 19, 2010
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Damn global warming.

October 19, 2010
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Thank you buffalogal36, my thoughts exactly :)

October 20, 2010
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Even here the UK we small earthquakes, they happen in most countries. It doesn't matter where you are in the world the entire surface of the planet is in constant motion. It really is a scary thought that the US has so many religious cult clones, the word ignorance comes to mind. Fair enough you're religious but c'mon people you're taking it to the next level with your comments. It's bordering extremism!

October 20, 2010
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Eventually the end will come for man as a species, but not for reasons that have anything to do with any kind of scriptural writing or ancient prophecy, but pure species self-extinction.  We are systematically destroying our own habitat with pollution while sucking the planet dry of resources needed for our specie's existence.  Eventually, humans will not be able to live in the toxic stew and we'll become extinct, like the tens of thousands of species wiped off the face of the earth.  The planet, however, and its myriad other life forms will continue on and in the ensuing millenia, all traces of mankind will disappear.

October 20, 2010
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Just a precursor for 2012.  Hide your babies, protect your women, the big one's a'comin'!!


2012 is a complete myth.  How do I know?  Why, I have credit cards that don't expire until 2013, silly!!

October 20, 2010
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My hunch is that burrowing rodents may feel impending quakes earlier than we do, because they possess a very sensitive sense of touch. Alas, to date predicting temblors with animal behavior was not successful. But perhaps we did not find the right species to watch.


If you wish to find out about earthquake mechanics demonstrated with an impressive example, see here:


October 20, 2010
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Don't fret about the individuals who mock Christains and our beliefs. All of them will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This is a fact that they WILL EXPEREINCE.

October 20, 2010
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This has nothing to do with the Bible or any god (you chose which one). We're riding on a core of molten rock and get earthquakes from time to time in various regions of our active planet - that's all. When will we (as a species) evolve beyond the need for religion to explain what we do not yet understand?  At least we stopped tossing young vigins into volcanos to get them to stop errupting.

October 20, 2010
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there was an earthquake today in Sinaloa Mexico thanks Henry

October 24, 2010
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I have noticed that the USGS has been removing many Earthquakes from their official lists.  I can find no record of any significant earthquakes on the USGS.gov site for the Michigan area in the last several weeks.  Several weeks ago I was reviewing official activity from yellowstone as posted by the park itself, and the data on the USGS showed no earthquake of the magnitude they had specified in their official report.  Is it possible that this data is being covered up for some reason?

October 26, 2010
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I would venture to guess this crack is deeper than 5 feet if an earthquake caused it.

October 29, 2010
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well if you believe in bible prophesy,,you,ll know that it states in the bible of quakes and hurricanes,tornado's are going to happen in places you dont usually find them near the "ENDTIMES".just read the book of revalations,,you,ll find it in the somewhere

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