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9:49 am
Sun December 20, 2009

Looking for the Quake Causes

Jones, OK – Equipment could help determine cause of quakes

JONES, Okla. (AP) Geologists hope new equipment coming to Oklahoma next year will help them determine the cause of a spate of earthquakes in eastern Oklahoma County near Jones.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey says in an average year, Jones residents will feel one or two earthquakes. Just since March, there have been 25 earthquakes in the area.

Ken Luza, an engineering geologist for the survey, says while it's not unusual for Oklahoma to have earthquakes, it is unusual for them to be concentrated in one area for an eight-month period.

Next year, a project funded by the National Science Foundation will bring an additional 25 seismograph stations to Oklahoma.

Luza says that will increase Oklahoma's number of stations to 40 and give researchers access to data they've never had before.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com