On Saturday, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Oklahoma. Here are 5 key facts that you need to know.
1. The earthquake, which rattled north-central Oklahoma on Saturday, is one of the largest ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma.
2. The U.S. Geological Survey said “a 5.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 7:02 a.m. Saturday in north-central Oklahoma, a key energy-producing region. That matches a November 2011 quake in the same region.”
3. No major damage was immediately reported.
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4. According to CBS News, “people in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Norman, Oklahoma, all reported feeling the earthquake.”
Getting reports of the #earthquake being felt as far south as Austin, TX and as far north as Omaha, NE & Des Moines, IA. That's ~750 miles!
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5. The earthquake could very well turn attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground. Many have been outspoken about the effects of fracking and the fact that this earthquake occurred in a region that doesn’t regularly experience them points to the fact that real change may be happening to the earth as a result of the practice.
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