3.1 magnitude earthquake shakes part of central Oklahoma

October 10, 2018

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma.

Geologists say the 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday 4 miles (7 kilometers) northeast of Luther, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS says the earthquake was recorded at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers).

No injuries or damage are reported. Geologists say damage isn’t likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many of the temblors linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. State regulators have directed several oil and gas producers in the state to close injection wells or reduce the volume of wastewater they inject beneath the surface.

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