by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Last Wednesday, at about this time, Sumner County was the epicenter of a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. It was without a doubt the most significant one yet in the modern era. The epicenter was eight miles south of Conway Springs and a depth of 3.4 miles. It was felt for about 100 miles.While it is not considered a major earthquake – like those in California – by any stretch of the imagination, it most certainly was large enough to knock off pictures and glass items off walls and open office desk drawers.Kyle HoffmanSome have reported that their homes have incurred structural damage.The discerning part of the recent epidemic of earthquakes is they are becoming more severe and much more frequent. There have been 93 earthquakes in Kansas in 2014 ranging from 1.3 to 4.8 according to the Kansas Geological Survey. Nearly, all of those earthquakes have been in Sumner, Harper and Barber Counties.Haysville, in Sedgwick County, had the most recent earthquake activity just 12 hours go – a puny 2.7 magnitude on Tuesday.Barbara Schaffer of Insurance Services, Inc. in Caldwell has said her phone has been ringing off the hook with people inquiring about earthquake insurance (see related story above).State Representative Kyle Hoffman stated at the Legislative Update meeting at the Wellington Donut Shop on Saturday the unusual thing about the November 12 quake was that it occurred in Sumner County. Most of the other quakes have had epicenters in Harper County where most of the oil drilling has occurred.So what is specifically causing this earth shaking? It most certainly wasnâ€™t a concern three years ago.Logically, many are blaming the recent spat of Kansas earthquakes to the increase oil drilling and the horizontal fracking process.â€œIt is not the fracking that is causing the problem,â€ Hoffman said. â€œThe cause may be due to injection wells where the injection of salt water takes place. There is a tremendous amount of water that is used in a short amount of time.â€Fracking produces large amounts of wastewater, which companies often pump deep underground as an economical way to dispose of it without contaminating fresh water. Injection raises the underground pressure and can effectively lubricate fault lines, weakening them and causing quakes, according to the United States Geological Survey.But injection wells has not been completely substantiated in Kansas, Hoffman said.In a Wichita Eagle report on Sept. 4, a governor appointed task force researched the matter and concluded there was insufficient research available to say what has caused significant increase of minor earthquakes in Kansas.To improve the information, the group has called for six state-operated monitoring stations to be installed to gather data. There are now two, and both are run by a federal agency. The expense will be significant. To install these six monitors it will cost the state about $200,000. These new monitors will be placed in areas where oil and gas drilling isnâ€™t currently being done, but is expected to begin soon.Oklahoma has 30 monitors. Before 2009 the state averaged 50 quakes per year. Since then earthquake activity has been about 40 times higher than in the previous 30 years, according to the stateâ€™s geological survey.The OGS said it has â€œlong been recognized by scientists that injecting fluid and withdrawing it as part of the oil and gas activities can trigger earthquakes.â€The Kansas task force has yet to make that conclusion. However, it said in its report â€œmost agree that the physical act of hydraulic fracturing does not cause measurable seismic activity.â€The U.S. Geological Survey issued a report saying that man-made earthquakes were 16 times weaker than natural quakes.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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I ALSO LIVE IN A LARGER HOME SO I WAS SURPRISED IT DID THAT MUCH DAMAGE. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 298 weeks ago “Tremendous amount of water in a short amount of time”. Aside from the threat of serious damage, what about all the irreplacable water used in the fracking process? Wheres it coming from? Why is no one concerned about this considering most of the western part of our state is in a severe drought? I know a lot of farmers who could make better use of that water without permanently contaminating it and without causing earthquakes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 298 weeks ago Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 298 weeks ago Maybe Arkansas is a little smarter than Kansas!! http://www.stuarthsmith.com/earthquake-outbreak-a… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/15/arkansas… Hoffman might not ever get my vote again after his above comments. 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(REUTERS) -`A wet outfield again prevented play on the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand in what is becoming an increasing embarrassment for the hosts.Heavy rain on Saturday night left the outfield at Kingsmead patchy, muddy and dangerous for the players and no improvement in the situation, despite two clear days, meant no play for a second successive day.Despite a gusty wind overnight, wet patches remained and any possibility of play ended after a 14:00hrs inspection, raising questions about a decision to relay the outfield. It is also the first winter Test in Durban.“It is most unfortunate and certainly beyond our control that the heavy unseasonal rains in Durban had impacted our plans,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.“We are sympathetic to the efforts of all the ground staff who have tried their level best to ensure match-readiness despite the adverse weather conditions leading into this Test match.”New Zealand were struggling at 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 before the rain came just before lunch on Saturday – consigning the teams to their change rooms for the last two and a half days.A soggy draw seems inevitable with only one day left to play.Work was done to improve the outfield in Durban – removing sand and grass and relaying it – after both teams complained that it was too hard when they played there last year in a one-day international.The work was completed on July 1 but flooding and a lack of sunshine had not helped the grass to properly cover, leaving it soft underfoot and patchy. The latest rains have exacerbated the situation.The timing of the work is now under question as a similar process in Pretoria where the second Test is to be played next week was completed in April.