The third most powerful earthquake in Oklahoma’s recorded history jolted the northern part of the state this weekend. The magnitude 5.1 quake — centered near Fairview — was felt in seven states overall. Oklahoma has recently seen a dramatic spike in earthquakes. The ground keeps shaking in Oklahoma, and more violently. This year has already seen 140 quakes 3.0 or larger. That’s an average of 2.5 earthquakes per day. Before 2008, the average was one and a half per year.
The small town of Fairview is quickly gaining a big reputation for large quakes. It was the epicenter of Saturday’s five point one. And just last month, a 4.8 quake. “It just kind of rattled, rattled, rattled, and got stronger and got stronger,” said Susie Kidd Marten. Geologist Todd Halihan teaches at Oklahoma State and believes water disposal wells used after hydraulic fracturing is linked to the quake increase. READ MORE