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USGS: Wichita Feels Tremors From 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake In Central Oklahoma

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A magnitude 4.1 earthquake was measured in Oklahoma on Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded at 4.1 magnitude earthquake near Luther.

The quake struck at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday about seven miles northeast of Luther, about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage are reported, but the USGS website shows the temblor was felt in Wichita, Kansas, about 135 miles north of Luther.

The USGS also recorded a 2.8 magnitude quake at 6:31 a.m. near Harrah, about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has risen from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 900 last year.

Scientists have linked the increase to underground disposal of wastewater from oil-and-gas production. State regulators are asking oil and gas companies to reduce their wastewater disposal wells.

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Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

 

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