3.3 magnitude natural disaster rattles residents in Oklahoma City metro

Aug 04, 2017, 00:28
3.3 magnitude natural disaster rattles residents in Oklahoma City metro

The U.S.G.S. said it was a 3.3 magnitude that hit four miles east, northeast of Edmond.

The latest natural disaster was reported shortly after 9:55 p.m.

The city of Edmond says power has been restored to two electric substations after a magnitude-4.2 quake rattled the area.

Residents in the Edmond area reported moderate shaking to the USGS through their "Did You Feel It?" reporting system.

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At least seven earthquakes have struck the Oklahoma City area in the last three days, including one that knocked out electrical service to nearby residents.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency for the energy industry, said it was investigating the Edmond quake series.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state's top oil and gas regulator, is reviewing the wells' recent operations. Electricity was later restored to both substations, and the city said all customers should have their power back.

The OCC added that a field inspector from its Oil and Gas Conservation Division (OGCD) has checked Arbuckle wells within a 10-mile radius of the natural disaster activity, and that recent data on the disposal wells' operations were being reviewed by the commission.

"The investigation is focused on oil and gas wastewater disposal wells that inject into the Arbuckle formation, the state's deepest formation", the statement read.

Skinner also notes there's a fault line in the area.

Oklahoma seismicity peaked in 2015, with more than 900 tremors of greater than magnitude-3 recorded. "There are no Arbuckle disposal wells at or very close to the location".

The quakes struck Tuesday night and Wednesday just east of Edmond, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.