5 Rare Quakes Epicentered in Texoma

Published 05/02 2014 08:48AM

Updated 05/02 2014 09:22AM

Since the turn of the century earthquakes have been shaking Texoma, especially in the Oklahoma City/Norman areas.  And even more recently temblors have been shaking areas northeast and north of OKC all the way to the Kansas border.

Although no one is sure what is causing the shaking geologists believe it might have something to do with the deep Wilzetta Fault located from OKC northeast generally along I-44 towards Tulsa.

On even more rare occasions quakes will be epicentered in the Arbuckle Mountains, near Ardmore, OK.

But this week five earthquakes shook portions of Stephens County in Texoma.  (See attached pictures).

It isn't known as to why the earthquakes happened.  But, there is a fault nearby and that is the Meers Fault. 

The Meers Fault is the only surface fault east of the Rocky Mountains and can be seen from just north of Lawton through the Wichita Mountains into northern Comanche County.  The length of the Meers Fault has been documented to end in Comanche County.  But there is a theory that potentially the Meers Fault continues to the southeast into Stephens County but well below the surface.  If that is accurate then that might explain the earthquakes this past week in Stephens County.  But this is only theory.

Here is a list of the temblors that have shook Texoma this week:
  • Magnitude 2.6: 14  km SE of Bray, OK, Monday @ 6:04 PM
  • Magnitude 2.6:  21 km E of Comanche, OK, Monday @ 11:04 AM
  • Magnitude 2.5:  25 km NW of Healdton, OK, Monday @ 12:45 PM
  • Magnitude 2.7:  24 km NNW of Healdton, OK, Tuesday @ 12:06 PM
  • Magnitude 2.5:  24 km NNW of Healdton, OK, Tuesday @ 9:08 AM

KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp

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