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Oklahoma adopts California-style quake precautions

December 2, 2013 • National News


In this Nov. 26, 2013 photo is Matt Pryor at his insurance office in Oklahoma City. Business at Pryor’s Oklahoma City office has been brisk following temblors that struck near the city of Edmond, Okla., a bedroom community where residents are more accustomed to watching the sky for tornadoes than bracing for the earth to move. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — It’s become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor’s insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it’s too late to buy a policy to cover any damage.

Business at Pryor’s Oklahoma City office has been brisk following a pair of temblors that struck recently near the city of Edmond, a bedroom community where residents are more accustomed to watching the sky for tornadoes than bracing for the earth to move.

Oklahoma is crisscrossed with fault lines that generate frequent small earthquakes, most too weak to be felt. But after decades of limited seismic activity in this region, earthquakes have become more common in the last several years. And a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests they are here to stay.

“The increased hazard has important implications for residents and businesses in the area,” cautioned the report, released in October.

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