5.6 Magnitude Earthquake in Oklahoma, Rattles Other Midwestern States

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma Saturday morning, making it one of the largest quakes on record in the Midwestern state.

The powerful quake happened at 7:02 a.m. local time in north-central Oklahoma, according to the United States Geological Survey. People in other parts of the Midwest, from Nebraska to north Texas, reported feeling the earthquake a few minutes later. An earthquake of the same magnitude rattled the region in November 2011.

Officials in Oklahoma are still assessing the aftermath. In the city of Pawnee, near where the quake was centered, police said windows were shattered and the facades of some brick buildings were damaged.

Oklahoma has had an increase in earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater that has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. A cluster of quakes struck northwest Oklahoma this year, including a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. And last fall, several 4.7 magnitude quakes were felt.

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