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Oklahoma Earthquake Measures 4.0 Magnitude Tuesday

Oklahoma Earthquake Measures 4.0 Magnitude Tuesday

(National Weather Service Wichita)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:06 PM

An Oklahoma earthquake measuring 4.0 magnitude hit near Mooreland on Tuesday morning, the Tulsa World reported.

The earthquake happened about 5:30 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 18 miles northeast of Mooreland. The tremor occurred at a depth of 3 ½ miles, the World reported.

The newspaper said that some residents in Kansas just north of the Oklahoma border also felt some shaking.

Earthquakes in the state have become part of a larger political debate in Oklahoma, with some saying the tremors have been brought on by the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing by energy companies, the process also known as fracking, Business Insider noted.

Oklahoma earthquakes used to be rare. In 2010, the state experienced 41 tremors, according to Business Insider. According to EarthquakeTrack.com, the state has seen 78 earthquakes in the last 30 days and 1,159 in the last 356 days.

The earthquakes, though, have been relatively small, the largest Oklahoma earthquake recorded this year was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake located outside of Medford on Sept. 7, according to EarthquakeTrack.com.

Some went to Twitter Tuesday morning to talk about the Oklahoma earthquake.

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