Magnitude-4.2 Earthquake Strikes Oklahoma
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports indicate that it was felt in Kansas.
The quake’s epicenter was located northeast of Perry, about 18 miles north-northwest of Stillwater, and about 66 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City, the USGS said.
The quake struck at around 10:26 p.m. local time on Monday, Dec. 4.
The quake originated about 2 miles deep.
The agency noted that smaller earthquakes hit Monday night—registering 2.8 and a 2.9 in magnitude.
On social media, locals said they felt the quake.
— Corey Inmon (@CoreyInmon) December 5, 2017
— Grace Meyer (@_gracemeyer) December 5, 2017
@kfor earthquake near Stillwater??
— kaci amber ❄️ (@kaciamberbrown) December 5, 2017
Pretty large earthquake just hit in downtown Stillwater. It rattled the doors and had felt like the ground was rippling beneath my feet. #earthquake
— //ormon//afia (@mormonmafia88) December 5, 2017
There were no reported injuries or damage associated with the earthquake.
According to the Hays Post, locals felt it in southern Kansas.
Preliminary report from USGS was a 4.2 magnitude quake about 9 mi NE of Perry Oklahoma at 1026 pm.
— NWS Wichita (@NWSWichita) December 5, 2017
Last month, an earthquake swarm hit near Hennessey, Oklahoma, disturbing some residents, KFOR reported.
“It just feels like a movement, you know, like they were moving the — it was shaking,” Gabriela Ortega, the owner of a food truck, told the station. “And, you can hear pretty much the walls, the ceiling.”
The quakes have been damaging. “It’s like a bear at the door,” Randy Woodrum said. “The last eight, it is starting to split my wood.”
According to the state government-run website, Earthquakes in Oklahoma, 623 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater hit the state in 2016. In 2015, it was 903. The site notes that only 110 hit in 2013, and only 35 hit in 2012.
“While we know that Oklahoma has historically experienced some level of seismicity, we know that the recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes. Seismologists have documented the relationship between wastewater disposal and triggered seismic activity. The Oklahoma Geological Survey has determined that the majority of recent earthquakes in central and north-central Oklahoma are very likely triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells,” the site states.
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