Earlier today, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits north central Oklahoma. According to Geological Survey, the impact of the earthquake could be felt over a seven state area. The earthquake jolted neighboring states including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa. There were no reports of any major damage.
The earthquake did cause multiple structural fires in Oklahoma. Reportedly, the increase of the magnitude of the earthquakes are said to be caused by the underground deposits of water waste from natural gas production. State regulators have requested producers to decrease the amount of water waste disposal to earthquake prone area in Oklahoma.
In addition, certain parts of Oklahoma is now being compared to northern California for the nation’s most shake prone area. Also, one region in Oklahoma has a 1 in 8 chance of a damaging quake in 2016. In other regions, there is only a 1 in 20 chance of a major damage in Oklahoma.