Oklahoma governor declares state of emergency after earthquake

State of Emergency Declared After Oklahoma Earthquake

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency as a result of the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the state Saturday morning.

So far, the damage appears to be minor as there was only one reported injury, and at least 14 buildings were damaged.

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Gov. Fallin said the emergency declaration "will start the process to helping individuals, families and businesses impacted by the earthquakes and serves as a precursor to requesting any necessary assistance."

The earthquake's epicenter was near Pawnee, Oklahoma, but the effects were felt as far away as Chicago and San Antonio. Residents of states including North Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri also felt the effects.

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Hearing of a significant earthquake back in Norman. Hope everyone back home is safe.
Sounds like an Oklahoma earthquake was felt all the way in Chicago, which is kinda terrifying to think about
Big earthquake in Oklahoma City felt all the way in St Louis. Are you OK Oklahoma City??? What's going on? https://t.co/mRGq9PfX9T
It appears there has been an earthquake felt in Arkansas and Oklahoma. I'll have the latest shortly. Did you feel it? #ARWX #AREQ
It appears the epicenter of the #earthquake was up in Oklahoma, but felt in Kansas, Arkansas, and N Texas. More info to come.
M5.8 #earthquake strikes 123 km NE of Oklahoma City (#Oklahoma) 8 min ago. Effects reported by witnesses: https://t.co/sh7Q2XSF28
you guys in Oklahoma talking about an earthquake... i felt it in manhattan kansas
Well, now that all of Oklahoma is awake from that earthquake ... #yikes
"get up Oklahoma, it's game day" -God sending that massive earthquake

Earthquakes in that area of the U.S. have become alarmingly common as of late, and scientists think humans are to blame for the uptick in seismic activity.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey made a map of places where oil drilling practices such as fracking and wastewater disposal can cause or at least contribute to man-made earthquakes.

After the earthquake hit, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered each wastewater disposal well within a 500-mile radius to shut down. But that only affects 37 of the roughly 4,200 wells that operate in Oklahoma.

From 1973 to 2008, the central and eastern parts of the country averaged 21 earthquakes per year with a magnitude of at least 3. In 2014, there were 659 earthquakes of that magnitude or higher.

The state of emergency covers Pawnee County and is scheduled to last for 30 days.

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