State's larges earthquake may have been manmade

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Updated: 3/27/2013 3:33 pm Published: 3/27/2013 3:32 pm

The state’s largest earthquake may have been man made.

A report from the journal, ‘Geology,” linked the earthquake from November of 2011 to oil exploration in Lincoln County. The quake damaged 200 homes and businesses near Prague.

On November 5th, a 4.8 magnitude quake was recorded and the next day there was a 5.7 magnitude quake, the largest in state history.

The study pointed out the wastewater injection was conducted in traditional drilling, not the polarizing process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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