Just how powerful was the Oklahoma 5.6 Earthquake? According to reports, The earthquake Saturday was felt as far away as Gilbert, AZ, the Associated Press reported. It also rattled the Midwest from Nebraska to North Texas and likely will bring fresh attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground.
The United States Geological Survey said a 5.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 7:02 a.m. Saturday in north-central Oklahoma, on the fringe of an area where regulators had stepped in to limit wastewater disposal. That temblor matches a November 2011 quake in the same region. An increase in magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. READ MORE