April 11, 2014

A 3.1M earthquake struck a Southern Colorado fracking operation located along the edge of the North American craton.

This comes AFTER the swarm of Fracking earthquakes in Oklahoma (on the Southern edge of the craton), and the swarm of Volcanic earthquakes at Yellowstone (on the Western edge).

craton quakes april 11 2014a

Past 7 days of 3.0M and greater earthquakes in the US (up to April 11, 2014). Clearly the edge of the craton is defined by greater than “normal” activity. Compare the current earthquakes to the craton diagram.

 

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This event in Colorado occurred on the Western flank of a VERY large frack well operation.  Every square pad you see in the screenshot below is a different drilled well.

colorado fracking earthquake april 11 2014

April 11, 2014 , a 3.1M earthquake strikes Southern Colorado inside a large fracking operation along the Western edge of the North American craton.

 

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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pfxf#summary

Event Time

  1. 2014-04-11 10:47:46 UTC
  2. 2014-04-11 04:47:46 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-04-11 05:47:46 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

37.213°N 104.992°W depth=7.5km (4.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 38km (24mi) E of San Luis, Colorado
  2. 120km (75mi) SSW of Pueblo, Colorado
  3. 128km (80mi) S of Pueblo West, Colorado
  4. 138km (86mi) S of Canon City, Colorado
  5. 189km (117mi) NNE of Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Overall, this should be expected to occur. With the amount of movement happening along the edge of the plate, due to pressure coming from the WEST (excessive Pacific plate unrest), we can expect to see further movement along the edge of the craton.

The East coast , eastern edge of the craton extending up into Northeast Canada, has been VERY silent in the middle of all this other activity. Keep watch along the edge.

I wouldn’t rule out even larger movement in Oklahoma, and near Yellowstone (again near term).

[ to new viewers / readers : near term = 3-5 days ]

Also, in the past, when we see heavy craton edge earthquake activity, we usually see large activity develop (near term) to the Southwest — In California , from Mono Lake South to Salton Sea / Baja / Los Angeles / San Diego.

Until things calm down to the West, we’re going to continue to see an increase in activity along the edge of the plate — as the pressure transfers Eastward.   The weak points will continue to release the building tectonic stress.

Areas at risk are standing out as obvious in the above graphics.  Keep watch at volcanic chambers like Yellowstone, and fracking operations like Colorado / Oklahoma.

Again, I must emphasize that we not only need to watch these cluster points, but watch the the SILENT area of the Eastern edge of the plate.

The pressure building along the East must be getting to a point of release soon (due to the other excessive movement further South and West along the plate).