State agency: Latest Quinton tremors a 'puzzler'

Map provided by the Oklahoma Geological SurveyA map from the Oklahoma Geological Survey shows recorded earthquakes near the Quinton area since Feb. 1, with the majority occurring Feb. 6-7. 

State agencies are looking for the cause of more than a dozen earthquakes recorded near Quinton within 24 hours.

“It’s a puzzler for us,” said Sarah Terry-Cobo with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey shows 16 earthquakes were recorded between Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. All the quakes occurred southwest of Quinton.

Terry-Cobo said the OCC has requested a meeting with the OGS that is set to occur sometime next week.

“We’re working on it,” Terry-Cobo said. “We’re still trying to wrap our heads around it.”

Inspectors from the OCC were sent out to the area Friday to search for any unregistered fracking operations in the area as such operations have occurred in the past without any notification to the OCC, according to Terry-Cobo.

The strongest tremors occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with two magnitude 3.2 earthquakes being recorded within that hour.

According to the United States Geological Survey’s Shakemap, the tremors were felt as far away as Tulsa and Stilwell.

A seismic recording station was installed near Quinton after a series of seismic events near the town were recorded in 2019.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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