Man-Made Earthquakes: USGS Says Millions in the U.S. at Risk

When it comes to preparing for disasters, natural disasters rank at the top of the list of things to prepare for; but one natural disaster has now shifted from the natural category into the list of man-made disasters that could wreak havoc throughout the United States.

Earthquake Damage

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), millions of Americans, living in areas of the United States that were once thought to be low-risk earthquake zones, are now living in seismic zones that are more active than the high-hazard areas of California.

A federal report from the USGS suggests that some 7 million people in the central and eastern U.S., including people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas, now live in a man-made earthquake zone. The USGS says that oil and gas drilling can trigger these quakes, and claim many of these areas have seen a dramatic increase in seismic activity over the past six years.

USGS Releases First-Ever Forecast Maps to Show both Human-induced and Natural Earthquakes.

The report comes in response to a dramatic increase in earthquake activity in Oklahoma, which is now one of the most seismic places on the planet.

Beginning in 2009, the frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma started to skyrocket. From 1978 to 2008, Oklahoma experienced an average of two 3.0+ Mw earthquakes per year. Since then thousands of earthquakes have hit Oklahoma and surrounding areas in southern Kansas and North Texas.

From 2009 – 2013 the rate jumped to 99 M3+ earthquakes per year in Oklahoma. In 2014, there were 659 M3 and larger earthquakes. Last year in 2015 that number jumped to 907 magnitude 3+ earthquakes.

“By including human-induced events, our assessment of earthquake hazards has significantly increased in parts of the U.S.,” said Mark Petersen, Chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project. “This research also shows that much more of the nation faces a significant chance of having damaging earthquakes over the next year, whether natural or human-induced.”

USGS Earthquake map showing potential to experience damage from a natural or human-induced earthquake in 2016.

Six States now High Hazard Man-Made Seismic Zones

Six states, listed from highest to lowest potential hazard, are at significant risk of damage from these man-made earthquakes: Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas.

Damage to a home caused by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in central Oklahoma on Nov. 6, 2011
Damage to a home caused by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in central Oklahoma on Nov. 6, 2011

If you live in one of these man-made earthquake zones, you need to take earthquake preparedness seriously. There are a number of safety precautions you can take to protect yourself and minimize damages. Here are some tips from my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World:

  • Put together an emergency kit/bug out bag that’s filled with the supplies you need to survive an extended disaster.
  • Firmly secure large appliances, water heaters, heavy objects, mounted televisions, and anything that can fall and cause injury during a quake. Most home improvement stores sell earthquake straps, bolts, and other stabilizing equipment.
  • Remove any large items that are near your bed such as mirrors, picture frames, and artwork.
  • Install safety latches on cabinets to prevent them from opening during a quake.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place that includes a way to contact everyone in your family should the quake hit when you’re separated.
  • Practice your emergency evacuation plan on a regular basis. Everyone in your family should know exactly what to do when disaster strikes.
  • Keep your cell phone nearby at all times and make sure it’s always fully charged.

8 Comments

  1. B from CA
    March 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Nikola Tesla was the greatest genius of all. He is also the man historians and the media and publishers ignore. He was flat out robbed. He died in poverty taking charity. The people who robbed him were the Banksters. JP Morgan, a front for the Rothschilds backed his research until he found out that Tesla was going to harness the Energy of the ElectroMagnetic sphere to GIVE electricity to the world. No electric bill. Mysteriously just when Marconi, backed by Morgan, releases “radio” (stolen from Tesla) Tesla’s Lab and all his work is burned in an “accidental”fire. What does all of this have to do with earthquakes? Just that besides giving the world alternating current thereby giving us electricity and lighting our world, he gave us The death beam laser and a machine that makes earthquakes. Don’t tell. It’s Top Secret. But hey, drilling for oil never used to cause earth quakes. In fact, it used to release some of the pressure. But times have changed. Now it causes earth quakes. Strange science. And my suspicious mind. As Elvis said, “I’m all shook up.”

  2. B from CA
    March 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Off topic, but has anyone else out there wondered if the Globalists put a bomb in the island that caused the Sunami that devastated Japan? Why would they do something like that? To punish Japan who refuses to allow foreigners to immigrate. It puts the stop on Globalist collectivist ambitions. Naughty bad Marxists. May be just a natural disaster or not.

    • Anne
      May 25, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Tsunami in Japan was man-made it has been proven. It’s all part of the depopulation plan, they try to get rid of us by all means necessary, chemtrails, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, vaccins, aids, zikka, gmo, haarp, etc etc

  3. Texan
    March 29, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Comments such as those posted by “B from CA” are why people that believe in being prepared are given a bad rap.

  4. B from CA
    March 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Tesla discovered wireless when he observed electrical current Jump and light something without a physical connection. This discovery made possible the Internet and the cell phone. Sorry for my jumping to conclusions that may be erroneous. So many wrongs to right.

  5. jeffrey
    April 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

    no Q. earthquakes play a dominant roll in Bible prophesy of these end days. i saw a short blurb about 6 months ago on a prophesy and news site that said we
    U.S.A. had bought a machine designed and actually built in cuba that instigated earth quakes as a weapon apparently. i recall a scripture/ prophesy that mentions everything built by man will be shaken down not one stone made by man will be left stacked on another. other scriptures mention our cities being left to the animals and desolate, at least food will be plentiful and hunting good.

  6. Moman
    April 4, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I hate to say it, but B from CA isn’t exactly off base.

    tesla was robbed, although I think he was an inventor of DC, not A/C current, and wireless power transfer using DC. he also supposedly created a powerful weapon in one claim, which occurred shortly after the “meteor” devestation in Russia. ( no meteor was ever actually found.)

    not sure about the earth quake maker part though…

    but there always was speculation about the death of tesla, many believe it was murder.

    however, drilling and such may have in the past relieved pressure, but when you releieve enough pressure, you start to induce negative pressure, thereby leading to a rise in activity because it is now being literally pulled apart.

    highly unlikely it is the actual cause, but a possibility.

  7. B from CA
    April 5, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Moman:
    Thomas Edison was a proponent of DC. Tesla started his career working for Edison. The two became rivals. Tesla created a motor that was able to harness AC. Tesla used Niagara Falls as a power source. Go to u-tube. There are several movies you can watch for free on the life of Tesla and “the war of the currents”.

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