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Updated: 48 earthquakes rock Faulkner County

Posted: October 11, 2010 - 10:04am

 

Faulkner County residents had a shaky start to their Monday morning as a 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled throughout the county.

The quake, which occurred at 8:33 a.m. and was centered two miles southeast of Guy, was just one of 48 earthquakes reported since Wednesday afternoon.

All but three of the earthquakes were recorded within three miles southeast or south-southeast of Guy. Wednesday afternoon’s quake and two quakes on Thursday were reported east-northeast of Guy.

According to Shelia Maxwell with the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Geological Survey is looking into the recent earthquake activity in the area.

“We’re having them (earthquakes) in places we’ve never had them before,” Maxwell said. “The USGS is looking into why we’re having them and why there have been so many.”

Four more quakes followed Monday morning’s 4.0 earthquake, ranging in size from 1.6 magnitude to a 3.5 magnitude at 11:06 a.m.

The recent string of earthquakes began with a 1.7 magnitude quake at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday two miles east-northeast of Guy.

Four quakes with magnitudes between 1.1 and 1.8 were reported between 3 and 6:17 a.m. Thursday two miles south-southeast of Guy.

A 2.5 magnitude earthquake registered at 6:20 p.m. Thursday one mile southeast of Guy, a 1.7 magnitude quake occurred at 7:14 p.m. three miles east-northeast of Guy and a 1.8 magnitude earthquake was reported at 9:24 p.m. two miles east-northeast of Guy.

Friday saw 17 earthquakes, including a 3.0 magnitude, between 1:06 a.m. and 11:41 p.m. within three miles southeast and south-southeast of Guy. Thirteen quakes registering between 1.2 and 2.0 magnitudes led up to the 3.0 earthquake at 11:13 p.m. one mile south-southeast of Guy. Three more quakes followed in the next 28 minutes with magnitudes of 1.8, 1.4 and 2.0.

Saturday’s four earthquakes ranged from 1.1 to 2.6 magnitude and occurred between 12:01 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. two miles south-southeast of Guy.

Another 3.0 earthquake was part of 14 quakes reported Sunday. The 3.0 magnitude quake was felt at 7:48 a.m. Sunday southeast of Guy. Nine quakes with magnitudes of 1.5 to 1.9 were recorded between 12:12 a.m. and 7:26 a.m., while four quakes registering between 1.5 and 1.7 magnitude occurred between 8:22 a.m. and 6:08 p.m. Sunday. All of Sunday’s quakes were reported within two miles of Guy.

Monday morning’s 4.0 quake was followed by a 2.5 magnitude jolt at 8:43 a.m. two miles south of Guy.

Maxwell encouraged residents who feel the quakes to report the information to the USGS or Arkansas Geology Survey.

Detailed earthquake information and links to report quakes can be found at www.usgs.gov or www.geology.ar.gov.

Maxwell said residents who may have safety concerns or who would like to learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake can contact the Office of Emergency Management at 501-450-4935.

(Staff writer Stephanie Fischer can be reached by e-mail at stephanie.fischer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1238. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)

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ddhast60
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ddhast60 10/11/10 - 10:53 am
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????

Could this be related to all the gas well activity in the area? Seems to be a big coincedence that all this has started since this new industry bloomed in the area.

ddhast60
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ddhast60 10/11/10 - 11:16 am
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TruthDetector
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TruthDetector 10/11/10 - 11:16 am
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No. We had hundreds of

No. We had hundreds of earthquakes back in the 80's with no drilling activity. There was also one in 1812 that you may have heard of that was pretty big and there was no drilling going on at the time.

Geez...does everything, everywhere have to be blamed on human activity?

Here is my theory...N-A-T-U-R-E

ddhast60
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ddhast60 10/11/10 - 11:20 am
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Just going by the quote from

Just going by the quote from the Faulkner county office of Emergency Managment that they are happening in "Places we never had them before".

Cardinal82
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Cardinal82 10/11/10 - 11:24 am
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Well I'm not a geologist but I did stay in a holiday inn last

Is this really in need of "investigation"? AR never had earthquakes and then all of a sudden we start taking all the gas out of the shale and we start having "earthquakes" where you might ask?? In the same areas where all the gas wells are located!!! If you are removing gas that is "in the shale" then the shale is going to have to settle when the gas is removed. This is not a hard thing to grasp! I'm not sure why everyone is afraid to say this is why it's happening. The $$ coming in from the gas wells exceeds the damage from the earthquakes at this point so no one is going to yell for it to stop so lets just call it what it is and stop worrying about it!

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i_wonder 10/11/10 - 11:26 am
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Google "1982 enola swarm"
Over 40000 earthquakes around Enola since 1982.

The earthquakes are centered in Guy.
Is Guy the ONLY place where drilling is occuring?

Think about it.....

concernedINgreenbrier
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concernedINgreenbrier 10/11/10 - 11:47 am
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Quakes

I have lived in the area for eighteen years. These quakes seem more like explosions to me, only lasting 2-3 seconds at a time. Outside you can feel the percussion, hear the distant blast, and feel the ground "roll". I am very suspicious (and aggravated) of the fleet of trucks that have swarmed the area, since these began. Coincidence, .... I don't think so.

TruthDetector
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TruthDetector 10/11/10 - 11:56 am
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Well...I've lived here even longer :-)

That's right...41 years! and I'm the 4th generation on BOTH side of my family to live in GB! So there!

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TruthDetector 10/11/10 - 11:57 am
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Oh...

and when there is a earthquake...well...bt definition there is accompanied by a loud sound and a feeling that the ground is "rolling"

(insert "roll eyes" here)

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 10/11/10 - 12:09 pm
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I'm sure

I'm sure injecting high-pressure fluids into the shale bed and then extracting it has nothing to do with seismic activity in the area. Certainly monkeying around with the earth's crust wouldn't lead to any instability. P'shaw I say, p'shaw!

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