“The earthquake energy in the seismic waves decays rapidly as you get away from the epicenter,” Holland said. “It's kind of like if you throw a rock in a pond. The ripples get smaller as you move away from the center.”
“We are still looking into potential causes.”
It's also impossible to know whether the recent surge in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma is a new normal or a temporary spike, Holland said.
“We can't forecast or predict earthquakes,” he said. “We have no idea if this is going to continue the way it has been or die off. I would assume this is some sort of temporary phase. But how long that temporary is, in geologic terms, that could be hundreds or thousands of years. Who knows what kind of time frame that might be?”
Robert Medley, Staff Writer
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I would assume this is some sort of temporary phase. But how long that temporary is, in geologic terms, that could be hundreds or thousands of years. Who knows what kind of time frame that might be.”
Seismologist with Oklahoma Geological Survey