Record Earthquake Threatens Oil and Gas Industry in Oklahoma

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

By Nick Cunningham, Oilprice.com

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma northwest of Tulsa on Sept, 3, enough to rank it as among one of the state’s most powerful on record. The earthquake could shake more than just houses and buildings in the region – the latest tremor could upend one of Oklahoma’s most important industries. Oklahoma is not traditionally known as one of the country’s most seismically active areas, but the frequency of earthquakes has skyrocketed in recent years. Last year, Oklahoma recorded 2,500 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 or greater. That is up dramatically from just three quakes…

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