Oklahoma earthquake registers at 4.5 magnitude

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake could be felt in Edmond, Norman, Bethany and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Posted By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   Dec. 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM   |   Comments

Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma shortly after noon CST Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 5.7 miles and was located about 4 miles from northwest of Jones, Okla., and could be felt in Edmond, Norman, Bethany and Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage to buildings was reported.

The Oklahoma City area has seen a series of smaller earthquakes in recent months, the most severe a 3.9-magnitude trembler 4 miles northwest of Jones in early November.

Disposal wells linked with hydraulic fracturing had been blamed for earthquakes, but Austin Holland, Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist, said it has no connection with the recent surge of earthquakes in the state.

"We can't forecast or predict earthquakes," Holland said of the hundreds of small earthquakes reported across Oklahoma in recent years. "I would assume this is some sort of temporary phase, but how long that temporary is, in geologic terms, could be hundreds of thousands of years."

[U.S. Geological Survey]

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