Oklahoma City, OK – A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit central Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon. The shaking reportedly lasted only a few seconds, but was the second Oklahoma earthquake in just eight hours. The US Geological Survey ranked the quake at a 3.5 magnitude, but the Oklahoma Geological Survey registered the shaking earth at a higher magnitude.
The central Oklahoma earthquake began just after 2pm local time. The quake was roughly focused 22 miles east of Oklahoma City. The epicenter of the quake in the Nicoma Park area ranged from the Post and Westminster neighborhoods to Reno Street, News 9 reports.
Residents impacted by the earthquake took to Facebook and Twitter not long after the shaking stopped. Oklahoma City area citizens notes high winds, vibrating furniture, and shaking. Early Wednesday morning a 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit in the Choctaw area. So far, no injuries have been reported as a result of either central Oklahoma quake.
Oklahoma Geological Survey researchers are investigating a possible connection between the recent earthquakes and fracking, KXII News 12 reports. Since records of the weather events were recorded in 1978, the state had averaged about 50 per year.
In 2010, the Oklahoma Geological Survey recorded more than 1,000 earthquakes. Seismologist Austin Holland had this to say about a possible connection between earthquakes and fracking:
“I went back and looked at the possibility that maybe we have more earthquakes than had been previously identified being caused by hydraulic fracturing. Percentage-wise it’s still a low likelihood of occurrence and we’ve not seen any earthquakes –damaging earthquakes associated with hydraulic fracturing.”
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