Geologists install tiny seismometers following swarm of earthquakes

PRAGUE, Okla. (KFOR) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey team has installed 110 small seismographs, hoping the seismic nodes will provide answers to what’s causing all the shaking.

After a 5.1 magnitude earthquake rattled the state of Oklahoma, State Seismologist Jake Walter and his team buried tiny seismometers to track quake activity near Prague.

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“This technology will be able to image hundreds of aftershocks,” said Walter. “We’ll install them along the county roads at 100 different locations.”

The crews will then compare data to the large 5.7 quake that hit in the same area in 2011.

“The expectation is that we would see a difference in how the aftershocks are oriented,” said Walter.

Families living in the area are still assessing the damage.

Deborah Brunt said there are signs of the quake both inside and outside her home.

“The force came this direction against the house,” said Brunt. “The drywall is cracked, the fireplace we found had moved away from the house.”

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The continued aftershocks are still rattling her family.

“Not knowing weather the ground you’re walking on and the house you’re living in, is going to at any minute just going to be rolling and throwing things up in the air,” said Brunt.

Brunt said she’s glad Oklahoma geologists are looking for answers.

“They not only were putting out the sensors and the markers, but they were they stopped and listened to our story,” added Brunt.

The mini seismographs are battery operated. Crews will check back in two months and start comparing the data.

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