What to check in wake of earthquake
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Geologists warned that major earthquakes are on the rise in the region. Some say drilling for oil and natural gas are factors. Here in Arkansas, there's another threat the New Madrid Fault.
It's a fault near "Marked Tree" and could one day produce a major quake at any time.
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake can be very damaging. More and more, Oklahoma is dealing with these shakes. Experts say we need to be ready as well.
Over 16,000 people reported they felt this morning's earthquake and that number continues to grow. In Little Rock, people felt a smaller portion of what Oklahomans experienced.
"When you get a magnitude 5 or above you run the risk of having more damage near the epicenter of the earthquake," said Assistant Director of Arkansas's Geological Survey Scott Ausbrooks.
The quake didn't just effect Oklahoma. Ausbrooks said, "This was felt at least in the surrounding states of Oklahoma maybe even as far away as Arizona."
That makes for an interesting and concerning morning for many across Arkansas.
"I had a lot of calls this morning in Arkansas from people who were woke by it especially in the west part of the state,” Ausbrooks added.
They don't happen often here in Arkansas but when they do strike we often forget what needs to be done.
Home inspector Richard Costello said people often forget what to do with gas and electricity.
Costello said, “Shutting off your gas and your water most people don't ever do that. And so, when they are in a panic or in a hurry to do it all of sudden they are caught off guard."
Knowing your home and where the shut-off controls are located puts you and your family at a lower risk of a fire or gas explosion.
"When you move into a new house or living in a house go out and do a test dry run and have everybody in the house old enough children everybody that lives there run through the dry run,” Costello added.
Having proper tools and getting the whole family knowing the drill makes things easier when trying to shut off controls.
While things in Little Rock may be back to normal, Oklahoma can expect this to be an ongoing issue.
"I expect things to stay active there for a period of time kind of slow back down a little bit, but overall it's been very active in Oklahoma over the past several years,” said Ausbrooks.
As Oklahoma becomes more and more of an earthquake hot-spot, Ausbrooks is asking everyone who felt it this morning to log into their website.They want details on what you felt where you live.