Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Shakes Part of Northern Oklahoma

January 15, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma early in the morning on Jan. 14.

Geologists say the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 2:20 a.m. Monday near Waukomis, about 80 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of about 3 miles.

There were no reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage is unlikely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.

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

Geologists say about 200 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger were recorded in Oklahoma last year, the third year of declines since regulators began directing producers to close some wells and reduce injection volumes.