The earthquake occurred approximately 60 miles from Oklahoma City and was reported to have a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.
Friday night’s quake was followed by at least two smaller earthquakes. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said tremors were occurring.
The earthquake struck at 11:24 p.m. local time on Friday, about eight miles from Prague, Oklahoma, which is home to about 2,000 residents.
According to a preliminary report from the USGS: The shaking was felt across the state, including major cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The quake was felt as far away as Wichita, Kansas, across the state line.
After the initial, larger quake, two smaller tremors were reported in the same area. The agency said the magnitudes were 2.6 and 3.5.
The USGS states that “earthquakes occur infrequently in most areas of North America east of the Rocky Mountains,” but “most of the vast region from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean experiences earthquakes large enough to be felt for years.” “There may not be an earthquake, and some states in the United States have never had an earthquake,” he added. A damaging earthquake was reported. ”
The bureau noted that earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains don’t happen very often, but when they do, they are “typically felt over a much wider area than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the West.”
In the east, an earthquake is felt over 10 times more area than a similar earthquake in the west.
The U.S. Geological Survey says, “A magnitude 5.5 earthquake in eastern or central North America could be felt by many people living more than 500 kilometers from the epicenter.” “Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains are centered in populated areas, and earthquakes large enough to cause damage are also likely to cause more widespread damage than earthquakes of the same magnitude centered in western North America.”
Scientists Judith Hubbard and Kyle Bradley I wrote it on Substack, Insights about earthquakes, Oklahoma has “been hit by earthquakes since ~2009,” he said, calling it “a byproduct of oil and gas extraction.”
“In particular, most of these earthquakes are thought to be the result of wastewater being injected underground. Seismic activity has decreased compared to the peak, but this is likely due to a reduction in the amount of wastewater injected. ” they wrote.