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Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma, Kansas

The Weather Channel logoThe Weather Channel 2/19/2021 Jan Wesner Childs

An earthquake rattled parts of Oklahoma and Kansas Friday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a preliminary rating of 4.2 magnitude. It struck at 7:56 a.m. CST and was centered about 3.5 miles southwest of Manchester, Oklahoma, near the Kansas state line, and at a depth of about 4 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Shaking was felt as far away as Kansas City, about 270 miles to the northeast, according to the USGS shake map.

More than 2,000 people reported feeling the quake. Most indicated they felt weak or light shaking. The majority of the reports came from within about 150 miles of the epicenter, including Oklahoma City to the south and Salina, Kansas, to the north.

People quickly took to social media to comment.

A series of earthquakes was recorded earlier this month about 55 miles south of the one on Friday, according to The Associated Press. Seismologists believe the earlier quakes were caused by the underground injection of wastewater from gas and oil production, according to the Associated Press.

In response, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered oil and gas operators to stop wastewater wastewater disposal and reduce disposal volumes within the immediate area.

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