Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck about 9 miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, tying a 2011 quake of equal magnitude in Prague, Oklahoma for the record of the strongest earthquake to ever hit the state.


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The Oklahoma Earthquake Felt Across the Region

The shaking was felt in areas beyond Oklahoma itself; residents in Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa took to the internet to report that they were awakened by the unusual sensation during the early morning hours. Note: If you felt the quake, DiscoverTheOdds.com joins the USGS in encouraging you to contribute to citizen science by filling out this a very quick “Felt Report” on the USGS page for this quake here:
Screen Shot: USGS Pawnee, Oklahoma Earthquake Page - September 3, 2016
Screen Shot: Felt Report for Pawnee, Oklahoma Earthquake on September 3, 2016

Increased Earthquake Odds in Oklahoma?

“One Oklahoma region has a 1 in 8 chance of a damaging quake in 2016.” – The AP

The Associated Press notes that “an increase in magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.” The AP also reports that “some parts of Oklahoma now match northern California for the nation’s most shake prone, and one Oklahoma region has a 1 in 8 chance of a damaging quake in 2016, with other parts closer to 1 in 20.”

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Sources:

1. “M5.6 – 14km NW of Pawnee, Oklahoma”. The United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
2. “Magnitude-5.6 quake rocks Oklahoma“. USA Today. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
3. “Officials: Earthquake shakes Kansas City metro”. KSHB Kansas City. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
4. “Oklahoma’s rise in quakes linked to man-made causes“. 60 Minutes/CBS News. Retrieved 2016-09-03.

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