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Oklahoma Creates Council on Seismic Activity to Study Ongoing Earthquake Swarm

Oklahoma Governor creates Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity to link researchers with policy makers and energy industry experts.

At the beginning of the month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin created a Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity, appointing public sector groups and state legislators to come together to help educate researchers, policymakers and regulators study the state of activity throughout the state.

The public groups appointed include the Oklahoma Geologic Survey, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board as well as research institutions like the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Fallin was quoted as saying “Oklahoma has always had seismic activity, but the reality is, we are seeing more earthquakes today than we did several decades ago. It’s important we study this issue and have sound science that can inform decisions made in both the public and private sector.”

In the past five years, the state has seen an increase in activity to over 40 earthquakes per year measuring magnitude 3.0 or greater. In 2014 that number is even greater, with over 200 so far this year according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. There have been 8 earthquakes between the magnitudes 4.0-4.5 in 2014 and have all been located in Logan county.

In just the last 7 days, over 18 quakes ranging in magnitude from 1.6 to 3.6 have occurred in the state. While the only known fault-line in the state, known as the Meers Fault (pictured at right), can be seen from the air, the last slip on this fault is said to have occurred some 1300 years ago.

With such great seismic activity, the threat of mass destruction is largely imminent. Factories with large equipment can face mass destructions, putting your business out of operations, your employees out of work and the burden of rebuilding.

In order to maintain building safety, seismic restraints have been created to firmly attach mechanical equipment to the building, minimizing earthquake damage. While each facility is different in terms of needs and equipment, custom solutions for installed equipment prevent the damage that can so easily destroy your machines and facility.

Bedson REPS carries a variety of products for HVAC vibration isolation and wind/seismic restraints to help your building continue to function after a natural disaster. You could suffer irreparable damage due to inadequately restrained mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment.

Contact our Seismic Restraint Experts for more information on Oklahoma seismic restraints or for more information on seismic activity in your area.

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