Natural Security: Oklahoma is not Okay

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Media Outlet: Foreign Policy

In 2008, there were two earthquakes in Oklahoma registering 3.0 or greater magnitude on the Richter scale. So far, in 2015, there have been about 700, and the U.S. Geological Survey is projecting a total of 941 for the year. According to state agencies, that’s around 600 times the historical average.


Sharon E. Burke is a senior advisor at New America, where she focuses on international security and a new program, Resource Security, which examines the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.