Oklahoma struck by tremendous earthquake


On Wednesday night, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck central Oklahoma, disrupting electric power to hundreds of people.

The quake was centered in an area about 4 miles east-northeast of Edmond, Oklahoma, and about 15 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. There have been at least six quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger that have struck the area since Tuesday.

Authorities say two electrical substations were knocked out, darkening the northeastern part of the city, and leaving around 1,900 customers powerless. Fortunately, electricity was restored to both substations, and the city now says all residents should have power.

There was no significant damage reported.

Researchers had linked oil and gas production in Oklahoma to an uptick in the occurrence of earthquakes, though the frequency of the quakes decreased recently as the state imposed restrictions on the injection of wastewater into underground disposal wells.

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