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4.4 magnitude earthquake recorded in northern Oklahoma


DEER CREEK, Okla. — Officials say a relatively powerful earthquake has struck a remote area of northern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 4.4 magnitude quake was recorded at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday in Grant County, between the towns of Medford and Deer Creek and about 95 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Grant County emergency management director Brandon Fetters says the temblor struck in an isolated area and there are no reports of injuries or damage.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, and many have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas operations.

Regulators have directed oil and natural gas producers to close some disposal wells or reduce the volume of fluids they inject.

The Associated Press



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