Thursday, Novembeer 03, 2016

The latest Oklahoma earthquake was felt across parts of the Flint Hills.

The magnitude 4.5 quake happened around 10:30 pm Tuesday about 9 miles east-southeast of Pawnee, Okla., or nearly 200 miles southwest of Emporia. Weak shaking was reported in Emporia, Burlington, Council Grove, Eureka, Fall River and Madison, according to the US Geological Survey. So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Over the past several years, a number of Oklahoma earthquakes have been felt across our area, including the two strongest in Oklahoma history — a magnitude 5.8 quake Sept. 3 near Pawnee and a 5.6 quake that struck near Prague on Nov. 5, 2011. Both caused light to moderate shaking in the area. The last quake felt in the area was a magnitude 4.3 quake centered around Medford, Okla.

The Flint Hills, estimated to be three thousand feet thick, is surrounded by oil fields. They allso have their fair share of wells.

I don’t live in the middle of the hills, but am in far enough to pay attention to things that affect them.

Many of the ranches in the area depend on drainage ponds to water the cattle, the water table is pretty far down. Pawnee is/was an oil town and has experienced quite a bit of fracking in the past few years.

I don’t know. Really don’t. But if bleeding out is what happens when we take oil from the rock, then we are bleeding out the land.

That doesn’t mean I’m a Greenie or anything, only that I do wonder.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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