PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) – More than a dozen small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma and one in south-central Kansas.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded 13 quakes Oklahoma between 6:55 p.m. Friday and 2:21 a.m. Saturday, including a magnitude 3.5 temblor near Fairview and a 3.2 magnitude quake near Cherokee, both about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.
The other Oklahoma quakes range in magnitude from 1.2 to 2.9 and were near Medford and near Pawnee – the site of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Sept. 3.
The Kansas quake was magnitude 2.9 and recorded at 8:18 a.m. Saturday near Belle Plaine, about 27 miles north of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.
Scientists have linked the quakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. This comes as state and local officials call for 32 disposal wells to shut down due to being to close to a newly discovered fault line.
No injuries or damage are reported.