Oklahoma City: Earthquake shakes Edmond area on New Year’s Day – Watch

Updated: January 2, 2016
Oklahoma City: Earthquake shakes Edmond area on New Year's Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The U.S.Geological Survey recorded a 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma City around 5:40 a.m. Friday.

Though the area is associated with tornadoes and not seismic activities, Oklahoma has experienced frequent swarms of mild earthquakes in recent years – a 40-fold increase in temblors since 2008, according to the University of Colorado Boulder.

A 2008 study said blamed the Oklahoma earthquake swarms on the injection of wastewater from the injection of wastewater generated by oil and gas operations.

The largest recent earthquake centered in Oklahoma was magnitude 5.6 and struck 34 miles north-northeast of Shawnee, OK, on Nov. 5.

Earlier in the 20th century, Oklahoma has experienced a number of noteworthy earthquakes, including a magnitude-5.5 temblor in April 9, 1952, centered near Edmond, OK and felt in parts of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, the USGS said. Though the damage was not extensive, it caused alarm among the populace.

There were also strong earthquakes centered in Oklahoma in 1918, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1968 and 1969.

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