Fourteen U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters in 2011: a new record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:12 PM GMT on November 04, 2011

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It's time to add another billion-dollar weather disaster to the growing 2011 total of these costly disasters: the extraordinary early-season Northeast U.S. snowstorm of October 29, which dumped up to 32 inches of snow, brought winds gusts of 70 mph to the coast, and killed at least 22 people. Not since the infamous snow hurricane of 1804 have such prodigious amounts of October snow been recorded in New England and, to a lesser extent, in the mid-Atlantic states. Trees that had not yet lost their leaves suffered tremendous damage from the wet, heavy snow. Snapped branches and falling trees brought down numerous power lines, leaving at least 3 million people without electricity. The damage estimate in Connecticut alone is $3 billion, far more than the damage Hurricane Irene did to the state. Hundreds of thousands still remain without power a week after the storm, with full electricity not expected to be restored until Monday.


Figure 1. Wet, heavy snow from the October 29, 2011 snowstorm weighing down trees still sporting their fall leaves in Winchester, VA. Image credit: wunderphotographer MaddScientist98.

The October 29 snow storm brings the 2011 tally of U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters to fourteen, thoroughly smashing the previous record of nine such disasters, set in 2008. Between 1980 - 2010, the U.S. averaged 3.5 of these weather disasters per year. Through August, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) estimated that ten weather disasters costing at least $1 billion had hit the U.S., at total cost of up to $45 billion. However, the October 29 snow storm brings us up to eleven billion-dollar disasters, and a new disaster analysis done by global reinsurance company AON Benfield adds three more. Flood damage from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in the Northeast on September 8 is now estimated at more than $1 billion, and two outbreaks of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes--one in April and one in June--now have damage estimates exceeding $1 billion. A remarkable seven severe thunderstorm/tornado outbreaks did more than $1 billion each in damage in 2011, and an eighth outbreak July 10 - 14 came close, with damages of $900 million. In total, the fourteen billion-dollar disasters killed 675 people. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods in these fourteen disasters killed over 600 people, putting 2011 into fourth place since 1940 for most deaths by severe storms. Only 2005, with over 1,000 deaths caused by Katrina, 1969, with over 700 hurricane and flood-related deaths, and 1972, with 676 hurricane and flood-related deaths, were deadlier years for storms, according to NOAA. The fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters of 2011 caused $53 billion in damage, putting 2011 in fifth place for most damages from billion-dollar weather disasters. The top damage years, according to NCDC in adjusted 2011 dollars, were 2005 (the year of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma), 2008 (Hurricane Ike), 1988 (Midwest drought), and 1980 (Midwest drought). With nearly two months remaining in 2011, the potential exists for more billion-dollar weather disasters this year. Our first opportunity comes Tuesday, when the NOAA Storm Prediction Center is forecasting the possibility of a severe weather outbreak centered over Arkansas and Missouri.


Video 1. Remarkable video of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama during the April 25 - 30, 2011 Super Outbreak. This tornado outbreak was the most expensive U.S. weather-related disaster of 2011, with damages estimated at $9 billion. Fast forward to minute four to see the worst of the storm.

Here are AON Benfield's estimates of the damages and NCDC's estimates of the death tolls from 2011's fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters (a clickable version of this table with information on each disaster is available on our severe weather resource page):



Have a great weekend, everyone, and I'll be back with a new post on Monday.

Angela Fritz is subbing for Ricky Rood this week, and has written an interesting post on the latest climate change controversy, the release of the new Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study by skeptic Dr. Richard Muller.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Whats with all these strong earthquakes in these areas that don't commonly get earthquakes? Colorado, Virgina, and now Oklahoma? This is becoming very strange.....

should i really say it.......
2012
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Quoting Articuno:

Thanks for the info, much appreciated

You are welcome. Another note of interest that I just realized ~ last night right after it turned dark, all of the neighborhood dogs were running around and going wild with barking for what seemed no good reason, including ours. As if some "intruder" were out there, but they couldn't seem to find it. This is how they were all acting. Far into the distance you could hear dogs barking as well, all at once. It was a very strange experience. Perhaps this had something to do with them feeling an earthquake coming. Of course I do not know, however one hears about dogs and other animals sometimes acting in an odd way before things like this happen.
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Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
More earthquakes in Oklahoma this morning.... Have we had the biggest one yet or are we working up to something big?

Gosh, who knows?
For all I know, it could just keep getting bigger and bigger, god I hope they don't get anything above a 6
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Quoting StormGoddess:
Good morning all. We had another earthquake last night in Oklahoma. This one was a 5.6 magnitude. We live near Shawnee, and the shaking was extremely strong here. At 10:54 p.m. I had the displeasure of again being awakened by an earthquake (like I did several months ago). Truly it is one of the scariest experiences one could ever have. It makes you feel completely out of control, as if the earth could just swallow things up at any moment. Then you wait for the aftershocks indefinitely to see if there is more to come. At least with tornadoes you usually can have some sort of sense of when the storm system will pass and when it will be "over". We really need to figure out what is causing this, whether it be too much drilling for oil, steaming the oil out of the ground, fracking, the New Madrid fault line getting ready to let go, or some other reason ~ whatever the cause might be. People were almost in a complete panic last night. There definitely is damage in Pottawatomie county with this earthquake. Reports are coming in now of very large cracks in the walls of many different buildings where people work. Both on the inside and on the outside of structures. Once I was awake the shaking continued for about 20-30 seconds, which felt like forever.

Thanks for the info, much appreciated
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Good morning all. We had another earthquake last night in Oklahoma. This one was a 5.6 magnitude. We live near Shawnee, and the shaking was extremely strong here. At 10:54 p.m. I had the displeasure of again being awakened by an earthquake (like I did several months ago). Truly it is one of the scariest experiences one could ever have. It makes you feel completely out of control, as if the earth could just swallow things up at any moment. Then you wait for the aftershocks indefinitely to see if there is more to come. At least with tornadoes you usually can have some sort of sense of when the storm system will pass and when it will be "over". We really need to figure out what is causing this, whether it be too much drilling for oil, steaming the oil out of the ground, fracking, the New Madrid fault line getting ready to let go, or some other reason ~ whatever the cause might be. People were almost in a complete panic last night. There definitely is damage in Pottawatomie county with this earthquake. Reports are coming in now of very large cracks in the walls of many different buildings where people work. Both on the inside and on the outside of structures. Once I was awake the shaking continued for about 20-30 seconds, which felt like forever.
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Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
More earthquakes in Oklahoma this morning.... Have we had the biggest one yet or are we working up to something big?

5.6.
Not to far away from the east coast earthquake
(5.8)
Wonder if the damage in oklahoma city was any strong.
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Pre Suptropical Storm Sean? We'll see what happens. Like always.
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More earthquakes in Oklahoma this morning.... Have we had the biggest one yet or are we working up to something big?
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The 1200z update on our extratropical swirl:

AL, 98, 2011110612, , BEST, 0, 283N, 684W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 400, 0, 0, 400, 1012, 300, 180, 0, 0, L, 0, , 0, 0, INVEST, S,
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my reaction to dr masters recent blog " yea the surfs been good"
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I so hope this don't get strong enough to get named, this place will go off like it did for the others that formed in that abouts area.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Good morning. Now I know the BAMS is nuts. LOL
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Invest98L's_6amGMT_ATCF : Starting 5Nov_6amGMT and ending 6Nov_6amGMT

The 4 line-segments represent Invest98L's path

Deriving the travel-speed&heading from the straightline connecting the ATCF coordinates
spanning the 6hours between 12amGMT then 6amGMT:
Invest98L's travel-speed was 11.7mph(18.8k/h) on a heading of 119.3degrees(ESE)
(123.75degrees is midway between ESE and SE)

Copy&paste isj, bda, 33.0n73.8w-31.2n72.5w, 31.2n72.5w-29.8n71.1w, 29.8n71.1w-28.7n69.8w, 28.7n69.8w-28.2n68.8w into the GreatCircleMapper for more info
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TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
700 AM EST SUN NOV 6 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

A NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 350 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING A LARGE AREA OF GALE-FORCE
WINDS OVER THE WEST-CENTRAL ATLANTIC. ALTHOUGH THE ASSOCIATED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE CURRENTLY DISORGANIZED...THE LOW
COULD GRADUALLY ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES
OVER WARMER WATER DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS SYSTEM HAS
A LOW CHANCE...10 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE
DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT DRIFTS GENERALLY SOUTHWARD.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS GALE AREA CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS
FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UNDER AWIPS
HEADER NFDHSFAT1...AND UNDER WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER PASCH

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Last night's 5.6 magnitude Oklahoma earthquake was, indeed, the strongest ever recorded in the state, slightly surpassing the 5.5 that occurred there in 1952. The quake was felt over at least 21 states, from southern Texas to southern Wisconsin, and from eastern Colorado to western Pennsylvania. Most people have reported light to moderate shaking, though pockets of strong shaking have also come in. So far, one death is being blamed on the quake. There are many reports of light damage, though with daybreak that will obviously become more clear.
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these subs can make great surf
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
We have invest 98L.

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AL, 98, 2011110506, , BEST, 0, 330N, 738W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 450, 100, 200, 450,
AL, 98, 2011110512, , BEST, 0, 312N, 725W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 425, 0, 175, 425,
AL, 98, 2011110518, , BEST, 0, 298N, 711W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 400, 0, 175, 400,
AL, 98, 2011110600, , BEST, 0, 287N, 698W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 400, 0, 160, 400, 0, 0, 160, 0, 0,
AL, 98, 2011110606, , BEST, 0, 282N, 688W, 45, 1005, EX
Thanks for the update,something to watch this week...58 here this morning and a lil breezy..have a great day and i hope those in Oklahoma are ok
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We have invest 98L.

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AL, 98, 2011110512, , BEST, 0, 312N, 725W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 425, 0, 175, 425,
AL, 98, 2011110518, , BEST, 0, 298N, 711W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 400, 0, 175, 400,
AL, 98, 2011110600, , BEST, 0, 287N, 698W, 45, 1005, EX, 34, NEQ, 400, 0, 160, 400, 0, 0, 160, 0, 0,
AL, 98, 2011110606, , BEST, 0, 282N, 688W, 45, 1005, EX
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1) Original machine posting
2) seismologist-reviewed Update changing the Magnitude
3) copy&paste-form error: a 2nd seismologist-reviewed Update changing just the Location is overlaid onto a copy the Original (which has the wrong Magnitude) instead of onto a copy of the previous Update.
4) correction of that copy&paste wrong-Magnitude error
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What is the USGS doing....
Original
2011-11-06 03:53:10 (Mb 5.2) OKLAHOMA 35.6 -96.8

2011-11-06 03:53:10 UPDATED: (Mw 5.6) OKLAHOMA 35.6 -96.8

2011-11-06 03:53:10 UPDATED: (Mb 5.2) OKLAHOMA 35.5 -96.7

2011-11-06 03:53:10 UPDATED: (Mw 5.6) OKLAHOMA 35.5 -96.7

3 Updates.....why???? Very confusing.
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Frequency of foreshocks


LUCILE JONES & PETER MOLNAR

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

IN February 1975, the Chinese Seismological Bureau successfully predicted a magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Haicheng, Liaoning Province. From their reports, it is obvious that many methods such as radon count, abnormal animal behaviour, seismic velocity, and tilt and telluric current anomalies were considered in making the long term prediction1. The short term prediction, however, was based primarily on foreshock activity2,3. That foreshocks were important in the prediction raises the question of how common they are. We here analyse the frequency of foreshocks before shallow earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 7. Our findings show that 44% of all large shallow events in the world from 1950 to 1973 had fore-shocks large enough to be teleseismidally recorded, and that 21% of the large earthquakes that occurred in China between 1900 and 1949 had foreshocks large enough to be noted in local records.
Quoting AussieStorm:

What I am saying is there were quakes in the exact same area as the 9.0 in the days before that quake. These have been noted as fore-shocks.

The Great Tohoku, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: Facts, Engineering, News & Maps.
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Quoting TampaSpin:




JAPAN always has tremors..

What I am saying is there were quakes in the exact same area as the 9.0 in the days before that quake. These have been noted as fore-shocks.

The Great Tohoku, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: Facts, Engineering, News & Maps.
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Wow, got a yellow circle!
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
ZCZC MIATWOAT ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 AM EDT SUN NOV 6 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

1. A LARGE NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 400 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING AN EXTENSIVE AREA OF GALE-FORCE
WINDS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC. ALTHOUGH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED NEAR THE CENTER...THIS SYSTEM COULD GRADUALLY
ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES OVER WARMER WATER
DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...10
PERCENT...OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS AS IT MOVES SLOWLY TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST OR SOUTH. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ON THIS GALE AREA CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS
ISSUED BY THE NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UNDER AWIPS HEADER
NFDHSFAT1...AND UNDER WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART
NNNN
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Done with that debate!

Frequency of foreshocks


LUCILE JONES & PETER MOLNAR

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

IN February 1975, the Chinese Seismological Bureau successfully predicted a magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Haicheng, Liaoning Province. From their reports, it is obvious that many methods such as radon count, abnormal animal behaviour, seismic velocity, and tilt and telluric current anomalies were considered in making the long term prediction1. The short term prediction, however, was based primarily on foreshock activity2,3. That foreshocks were important in the prediction raises the question of how common they are. We here analyse the frequency of foreshocks before shallow earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 7. Our findings show that 44% of all large shallow events in the world from 1950 to 1973 had fore-shocks large enough to be teleseismidally recorded, and that 21% of the large earthquakes that occurred in China between 1900 and 1949 had foreshocks large enough to be noted in local records.
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ZCZC MIATWOAT ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
200 AM EDT SUN NOV 6 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

1. A LARGE NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 400 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF BERMUDA IS PRODUCING AN EXTENSIVE AREA OF GALE-FORCE
WINDS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC. ALTHOUGH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED NEAR THE CENTER...THIS SYSTEM COULD GRADUALLY
ACQUIRE SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT MOVES OVER WARMER WATER
DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE...10
PERCENT...OF BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS AS IT MOVES SLOWLY TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST OR SOUTH. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ON THIS GALE AREA CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS
ISSUED BY THE NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UNDER AWIPS HEADER
NFDHSFAT1...AND UNDER WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER STEWART
NNNN
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405. skook
Link

News9 seems to have some decent coverage on their website concerning the quake.
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
Could this one be a foreshock also?


We won't know until after there is a bigger one.
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RT @SvrWxChaser Confirmed, roads are buckled, chimneys and walls have collapsed in Lincoln County, OK. #earthquake #okquake
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Time for bed and to reset my clocks. Have a great night all.
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:
Could this one be a foreshock also?


To a stronger quake in OK? I doubt it. Not completely sure. But in my opinion highly unlikely.
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Could this one be a foreshock also?
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399. skook
Quoting TampaSpin:



OK if you insist it happens all the time and not seldom.....GOOD GRIEF and good nite.....


Link

Foreshock activity has been detected for about 40% of all moderate to large earthquakes,[2] and up to 70% for events of M>7.0.[3] They occur from a matter of minutes to days or even longer before the main shock, for example the 2002 Sumatra earthquake is regarded as a foreshock of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake with a delay of more than two years between the two events
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Quoting AussieStorm:
From Texas Storm Chasers

Hearing the first reports of significant damage from the Oklahoma Earthquake. Lincoln County Emergency Management (the county where the earthquake occurred) is reporting significant damage across the county.

Aftershocks from the Magnitude 5.6 earthquake east of Oklahoma City will likely continue overnight and for the coming days. Normally, aftershocks are smaller then the primary earthquake itself. Don't be surprised if you feel more shaking overnight.


Thanks, Aussie. I was afraid of that.

(Be safe, Okies!)

Goodnight, One and All.
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397. skook
Quoting TampaSpin:
As i simply stated.....SELDOM does a Shock in an area preclude with a shock later that is larger.....thats all i am saying......IT SELDOM HAPPENS with LARGE QUAKES....


The Largest Earthquake in the World

This quake was preceded by 4 foreshocks bigger than magnitude 7.0, including a magnitude 7.9 on May 21 that caused severe damage in the Concepcion area. Many aftershocks occurred, with 5 of magnitude 7.0 or greater through Nov 1

Link
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Quoting skook:



The March 11 earthquake was preceded by a series of large foreshocks over the previous two days, beginning on March 9th with a M 7.2 event approximately 40 km from the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake, and continuing with another three earthquakes greater than M 6 on the same day.
Link



OK if you insist it happens all the time and not seldom.....GOOD GRIEF and good nite.....
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Changing time in about half and hour
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393. skook
Quoting TampaSpin:
As i simply stated.....SELDOM does a Shock in an area preclude with a shock later that is larger.....thats all i am saying......IT SELDOM HAPPENS with LARGE QUAKES....


Poster of the Great Tohoku Earthquake (northeast Honshu, Japan) of March 11, 2011 - Magnitude 9.0

The March 11 earthquake was preceded by a series of large foreshocks over the previous two days, beginning on March 9th with a M 7.2 event approximately 40 km from the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake, and continuing with another three earthquakes greater than M 6 on the same day.
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The 'Thanksgiving Terror' that was in the eastern Caribbean at 384 hours on the 12Z run is not present in the subsequent 18Z and 00Z runs.
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Quoting HouGalv08:
Anyone up there close to the OK earthquake.......how long did the shaker last? US Geo survey always gives depth/strength/etc., but never shaker length in time.


There is a blogger up by Shawnee, OK but I haven't seen her post at wu for awhile. She'd be closer to this than I.

I'm about 155 mi SW of the epicenter. Felt it strong and lasted a minute here. I timed it.

On this USGS page, if you click the "responses" tab, you can see how strong and how far away this quake was reported. TN, IL, TX. Not just felt in OK.

Interesting situation. Also unusual, there have been many low level, like 3.0-4.0 quakes, in OK the past two years. Maybe one 4.3. Most of them in central Oklahoma. Saturdays were the strongest yet and felt over a wide area.

Not able to get through to their earthquake page right now, but here's the Home page for Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory. In case anyone's interested.

Ok. Dun. You guys have fun.
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As i simply stated.....SELDOM does a Shock in an area preclude with a shock later that is larger.....thats all i am saying......IT SELDOM HAPPENS with LARGE QUAKES....
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Japan had fore-shocks before the massive one, they just weren't recognized as fore-shocks.




JAPAN always has tremors..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
We felt 5.8 here in D.C.Let me tell you...it wasn't pretty.You don't know what it's like to be in a earthqauke until you been in one.I relized that on Aug.23.tuesday.


Yeah, I have felt quakes too. That one in VA couple months ago was felt in NYC, remember? It's because I live in NYC.
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Quoting reedzone:


I have to disagree with the reports.. I weigh 155 lbs and I almost fell to the ground after few very strong gusts over 40 mph. at the least. Obs are obs, but when you're actually witnessing them, obs/stations are not gods.


There have been some strong gusts at the St. Augustine pier this evening to 37 kts or 43 mph.

Reedzone is not exaggerating about gusts to 40 mph.
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From Texas Storm Chasers

Hearing the first reports of significant damage from the Oklahoma Earthquake. Lincoln County Emergency Management (the county where the earthquake occurred) is reporting significant damage across the county.

Aftershocks from the Magnitude 5.6 earthquake east of Oklahoma City will likely continue overnight and for the coming days. Normally, aftershocks are smaller then the primary earthquake itself. Don't be surprised if you feel more shaking overnight.
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Quoting TampaSpin:



That seldom ever happens.....i cant think of one honestly.


Japan had fore-shocks before the massive one, they just weren't recognized as fore-shocks.
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384. Tygor
Visiting friends in Norman. Lasted 45-50 seconds. Kind of scary honestly.
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The good news is the #3 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys won a hard-fought football game against Kansas State tonight. Unknown outcome down to the last second on the clock. The earthquake occurred a couple minutes after the game ended. Maybe it had something to do with the fans jumping up and down at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

Neo, Neo... where are you? What's your thought on this football fan causation theory?

This is the strongest EQ ever in Oklahoma. (add: In recorded history. LOL) 5.5 had been. The 4.7 EQ at 2:12 am Nov 5, 2011 was second, now third strongest. Same area as the 5.6. Not big earthquakes by general standards, but record-setting for Oklahoma, especially two like this in one day.

The epicenters for Saturday's quakes were NOT in the OKC metro area.

Add:
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Quoting TampaSpin:



That seldom ever happens.....i cant think of one honestly.



The reason is that if a subsequent. stronger earthquake happens a short period afterwards, the weaker, earlier earthquake by definition is no longer the primary earthquake. It becomes a foreshock to the stronger, later quake.
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