Series of earthquakes hit Oklahoma

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A series of earthquakes hit parts of Oklahoma on November 11, 2016, just days after damaging M5.0 in Cushing, north-central Oklahoma, one of the world's key oil hubs.

Between 00:08 and 15:49 UTC today, USGS registered a total of 6 earthquakes with magnitudes between 2.5 and 3.0.

Today's quakes come just 4 days after a sharp M5.0 earthquake hit the city of Cushing in Payne County, a key world oil hub, at 01:44 UTC on November 7, 2016. That quake, however, was the strongest after M5.8, the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma's history, hit Pawnee and forced shutdowns of 37 oil wells.

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for Payne County on Tuesday, November 8. The authorities shut down 7 more disposal wells and reduced volumes of 47 others.

In recent years, Oklahoma has had thousands of earthquakes. Nearly all have been traced to the underground injection of wastewater left over from oil and gas production.

Over the past 7 days, Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas were hit by 32 earthquakes, according to the USGS, with magnitudes between 1.4 and 5.0.

7 days of earthquakes in Oklahoma/Kansas by November 11, 2016

Image credit: USGS

  1. 3.0

    11km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 15:49:56 (UTC)

  2. 3.0

    17km NW of Medford, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 11:12:36 (UTC)

  3. 3.3

    16km ESE of Geary, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 08:54:44 (UTC)

  4. 2.6

    16km ESE of Geary, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 04:22:43 (UTC)

  5. 2.5

    15km NW of Pawnee, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 00:44:27 (UTC)

  6. 2.9

    4km W of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-11 00:08:05 (UTC)

  7. 2.7

    20km NE of Crescent, Oklahoma

    2016-11-10 21:21:36 (UTC)

  8. 2.4

    1km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-09 22:18:01 (UTC)

  9. 1.4

    1km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-09 16:54:14 (UTC)

  10. 3.7

    20km NW of Medford, Oklahoma

    2016-11-09 02:15:37 (UTC)

  11. 2.0

    1km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-09 01:51:56 (UTC)

  12. 3.3

    15km NNW of Perry, Oklahoma

    2016-11-08 20:27:05 (UTC)

  13. 2.1

    1km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-08 04:03:56 (UTC)

  14. 2.7

    35km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 22:17:14 (UTC)

  15. 3.2

    25km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 13:43:17 (UTC)

  16. 1.7

    19km E of Anthony, Kansas

    2016-11-07 12:48:56 (UTC)

  17. 2.9

    2km NNE of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 08:46:44 (UTC)

  18. 3.8

    31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 07:33:59 (UTC)

  19. 2.7

    19km E of Anthony, Kansas

    2016-11-07 07:01:43 (UTC)

  20. 3.1

    8km W of Conway Springs, Kansas

    2016-11-07 04:52:35 (UTC)

  21. 2.6

    2km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 02:23:22 (UTC)

  22. 3.0

    2km N of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 01:52:32 (UTC)

  23. 2.5

    1km NNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 01:52:29 (UTC)

  24. 5.0

    2km W of Cushing, Oklahoma

    2016-11-07 01:44:24 (UTC)

  25. 3.1

    19km ENE of Perry, Oklahoma

    2016-11-06 19:43:07 (UTC)

  26. 3.6

    6km SE of Perry, Oklahoma

    2016-11-06 03:20:43 (UTC)

  27. 1.9

    4km NW of Harper, Kansas

    2016-11-05 23:21:07 (UTC)

  28. 2.9

    2km E of Pawnee, Oklahoma

    2016-11-05 15:40:31 (UTC)

  29. 2.8

    15km WNW of Yale, Oklahoma

    2016-11-05 11:52:50 (UTC)

  30. 3.7

    13km ESE of Pawnee, Oklahoma

    2016-11-05 09:39:43 (UTC)

  31. 2.9

    7km NW of Conway Springs, Kansas

    2016-11-05 09:20:19 (UTC)

  32. 3.3

    22km ENE of Hennessey, Oklahoma

    2016-11-04 23:06:45 (UTC)

Data source: USGS (Updated 23:00 UTC on November 11, 2016)

Featured image credit: USGS

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