Oklahoma agency proposes to install 72 seismic stations

The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - August 24, 2017 12:00 pm

STROUD, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma Geological Survey has proposed to install more than 70 permanent seismic stations across the state that would allow scientists to better study earthquakes.

The Tulsa World reports the $3.5 million proposal would be placed in a grid pattern and phased in for three years. The cost to operate the stations for five years would be $400,000.

Oklahoma seismologist Jake Walter says the state’s earthquake monitoring capabilities should’ve been investigated a decade ago. He says a more robust system will improve scientific knowledge of the state’s induced seismicity and improve mitigation practices.

The state currently has approximately 50 seismometers on loan from outside sources. Another 10 that are temporarily in place are from the U.S. Geological Survey. Others devices in nearby states also help pinpoint Oklahoma earthquakes.

 

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