This Enid News & Eagle award-winning 6-week series from 2015 explores the science behind efforts in determining why there was a sudden upswing in earthquakes in the Sooner State beginning in 2009 and the ever-evolving problem facing Oklahomans as they continue to occur.

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Since the Pennsylvanian and Permian periods, there has been little tectonic activity in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma Historical Society. The Meers Fault, in southwestern Oklahoma, is the lone exception.

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ENID, Okla. — How many earthquakes have occurred in Oklahoma this year?

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Senate Bill 809 allows municipalities to set regulations on oil and gas exploration as long as such regulations are “reasonable ordinances.” Muni­cipalities are not allowed to ban oil and drilling exploration under the law.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series on earthquakes prepared by the Enid News & Eagle.

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The bill would have mandated an insurance company to provide earthquake insurance, details of the coverage — including cost and a list of what was, and was not, covered — within 10 days of purchasing a policy.

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