Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes part of the north of Oklahoma

CHEROKEE, Okla. – The U. S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas.

Geologists say that the earthquake was recorded at 8:59 a.m. Saturday about 16 miles (26 km) east of Cherokee, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of five miles (8 km).

News outlets in Wichita, Kansas, approximately 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of the earthquake in the epicenter, reported feeling the earthquake. Some residents more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Wichita, in Manhattan, Kansas also reported feeling tremors. No injuries or damage was reported.

Thousands of earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma in the past few years are linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and gas production. Regulators have directed producers to close some of the sources.

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