Strong Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma

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Strong Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake, described as the strongest recorded in years, struck the US state of Oklahoma just after 7am on Saturday morning.

The epicenter of the quake was in the north of the state, 14km (8.7 miles) northwest of the town of Pawnee, which has a population of over 2,000 people, was recorded at a shallow depth of 4.1 miles (6.6 km), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

RT reports:

There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage in the Midwest state.

Saturday’s tremors were the strongest in years in the area, where the landscape is largely flat as it is part of the Great Plains.

Saying that the depth of the epicenter was “fairly shallow,” the USGS warned that such earthquakes “convey more energy to the land surface.”

The tremors on Saturday were so strong that they were reportedly felt hundreds of miles outside of the state.

The earthquake is now tied with the 2011 Oklahoma 5.6 magnitude quake, which was the most powerful ever recorded in the state, according to the USGS.

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