Yesterday morning I let the dogs out shortly before 7 a.m. I was in the bathroom, which is the very center of my apartment, when I hard a loud sound that I’d never heard before.
Things seemed to be swaying underneath me, like waves bobbing a boat.
I grew up in the land of tornadoes. I’m accustomed to all the warnings and sirens and weathermen cautioning the TV viewers.
Nothing had prepared me to feel the earth shifting underneath me.
I turned on the TV and learned that it had been a 5.6 earthquake, and is a repeat of one in 2011, both being the strongest earthquakes ever registered in Oklahoma.
I learned later that it was felt in six states.
I got on Facebook and friends all over the Midwest said they too felt it. It was felt as far away as Arizona. I don’t know a lot about earthquakes, never having lived in states where they are more common.
disposal volumes in earthquake-prone regions of the state.
Some parts of
Oklahoma now match northern California for the nation’s most
shake-prone, and one Oklahoma region has a 1 in 8 chance of a damaging
quake in 2016, with other parts closer to 1 in 20.
magnitude 5.1 earthquake, and several 4.7 quakes were felt last fall
before regulators stepped in to limit disposal activity.
It is reported that thousands of birds took flight about 20 minutes before the earthquake occurred.
Birds and bats seem to have the ability to
detect magnetic fields. This capability probably helps the creatures
navigate –but it could also allow them to sense earthquakes before they