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Kansas Geological Survey: No need for earthquake warning here


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Wichita, Kan. -- South Central Kansans can't help but take note of the unusual earthquake warning for Central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey warn the risk of a five magnitude or greater earthquake in Oklahoma has significantly increased. That's based on the high number of smaller quakes the sooner state's experienced in recent months.

The USGS and OGS report that 183 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred in Oklahoma from October 2013 through April 14, 2014. This compares with a long-term average from 1978 to 2008 of only two magnitude 3.0 or larger earthquakes per year.

There's been increased seismic activity in South Central Kansas as well. There were four small earthquakes March 12th in Harper County near the small town of Freeport.

Rex Buchanan is interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey. Buchanan says his office watches closely what Oklahoma experiences saying, "They've gone through an awful lot more than we have. It's always important to learn from someone else's experience."

But he says for now there's no need to issue a similar earthquake advisory in Kansas. "I think right now the sense I have from folks I work with that the situation in Kansas is different enough that where things stand today we don't need to do a similar kind of thing in Kansas."


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