EDMOND, OKLAHOMA — Yesterday was a great day in Oklahoma, as a 4.2 earthquake awakened all 81,405 residents here in Edmond, the sixth largest city in the Sooner State. The motto of Edmond, rated by CNBC as one of the “Ten Perfect Suburbs in the United States," is “A Great Place to Grow.”
Oklahomans love their oil and gas, which means that they also get to enjoy earthquakes. Oklahoma experiences more earthquakes than California.
According to data from the United States Geological Survey, there have been approximately 1,672 earthquakes in Oklahoma of greater than or equal to moment magnitude 3.0 and about 54 earthquakes with moment magnitudes greater than or equal to 4.0 associated with the earthquake swarms from the beginning of 2009 through December 20, 2015.
Yesterday’s earthquake here was celebrated by Edmond’s City Manager, Larry Stevens; Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican; and, most conspicuously, Oklahoma’s senior senator, Jim Inhofe, the author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy. Threatens Your Future. A solitary reporter observed their celebration.
Gov. Fallin is a member of The Church Of God (Anderson), which is historically derived from the Holiness Movement.
Inhofe firmly believes that God is in charge of everything, including the climate.