As some of you may know, there was an earthquake in Oklahoma today, 3.5 with the epicenter 10 miles east of Oklahoma City. My initial thought was “well that’s a weird place for an earthquake”. The vast majority of earthquakes in the United States occur in California because of the San Andreas fault. The second picture above shows other areas of seismic activity within the country. The large area near Missouri/Tennessee is the New Madrid seismic zone, and the one in South Carolina Middleton Place - Summerville seismic zone (Both of which I’ll probably discuss at a later date). Upon further research into the geology of Oklahoma I have discovered that there are a series of faults within the state, with the most active being the Meers fault in the southwestern part of the state. Activity within this series of faults has been increasing since 2008.
FileCovering nearly 300 football fields in a remote patch of desert, the Shams 1 solar project carries off plenty of symbolic significance for the United Arab Emirates.
It will be the first, large-scale solar project in the oil-rich country when it is completed at the end of the year, and the largest of its kind in the Middle East. At full capacity, the 100-megawatt, concentrated solar project will be able to power 20,000 homes. For those behind the project, it’s the surest sign yet that solar is coming to the region in a big way.