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EnergyWire: Rattled daily, Oklahomans ponder a ‘big one’

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Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter
EnergyWire: Monday, April 6, 2015

GUTHRIE, Okla. — Oklahomans might be getting used to being the earthquake capital of the country, not that they particularly like it. But what they’re worried about now is the big one.

People here offer a knowing look, sometimes even a chuckle, when asked about the daily rattling from small to midsized quakes. But without prompting, they’ll add that their real fear is shaking that might knock buildings down on them.

“If a big one hits, this town would be destroyed,” said Walter Koball, a retired cement truck driver, sitting down to a pancake breakfast at Katie’s Diner in Guthrie. “Half of these buildings have rotten mortar.”

A few tables over, retiree Mary LaNoy noted that homes here aren’t built to withstand earthquakes.

“If there’s a [magnitude] 5 or a 6, there’s going to be a lot of damage,” she said.

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