Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Centered in Oklahoma Shakes Parts of Midwest
Photo Credit: CNN’s Twitter Account
On Saturday morning, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Oklahoma, with the temblor being felt from Nebraska to North Texas.
According to The Associated Press, the United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was one of the largest in Oklahoma history and it was the same size as a similar temblor measured in the area in 2011.
There was no damage or injuries immediately reported Saturday. Witnesses in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas also reported feeling the tremor.
The earthquake was emanated from an area near Pawnee, Oklahoma, which saw a magnitude 3.2 temblor earlier this week. The Texas Storm Chasers shared a visual of the earthquake on Twitter:
State regulators believe the increase in magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma can be connected to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. The issue has gotten so bad that Oklahoma now matches California as the state most prone to earthquakes.
Last fall, Oklahoma experienced a magnitude 5.1 earthquake and several 4.7 temblors before regulators were forced to step in and limit wastewater disposal activity.
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