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USGS upgrading Oklahoma earthquake to 5.8 magnitude

08 September 2016

Not all of the state's wells operate simultaneously, Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said.

Texas officials believe it is unlikely for disposal wells to be a major cause or if we are even likely to see an quake like this one in our area anytime soon. The commission has no jurisdiction in Osage County, but it recommended the EPA order wells shut within an oblong area of interest that stretches over 725 square miles of Pawnee and Osage counties.

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, and since 2013, the commission has asked wastewater-well owners to reduce disposal volumes in parts of the state where the temblors have been most frequent. The epicenter was near Pawnee. Oklahoma State University also reported several buildings at the Stillwater campus sustained damage, but all of those were determined by structural engineers to be safe for occupancy.

Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, declared a state of emergency after the latest incident.

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The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association told The Wall Street Journal that the state's response could have a negative impact on oil and gas production.

Meanwhile, two more earthquakes of magnitude 4.1 and 3.6 rattled northwest Oklahoma on Tuesday, in an area away from the quake on Saturday. "We can answer their insurance questions and walk them through the claims process". Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said emergency officials and the U.S. Geological Survey are examining the area and finding only minor to moderate damage.

USGS upgrading Oklahoma earthquake to 5.8 magnitude