TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS:
- The Tulsa National Weather Service reporting and earthquake in Tulsa Friday afternoon.
- The Oklahoma Corporate Commission Oil & Gas Conservation Division announced three oil and gas wastewater disposal wells will stop operations umtil further notice.
"Following a 4.5 magnitude earthquake (Oklahoma Geological Survey’s measure) today in the Medford area, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s (OCC) Induced Seismicity Department is directing 3 oil and gas wastewater disposal wells to stop operations until further notice.
The earthquake occurred within the 15,000 square mile earthquake Area of Interest (AOI), where disposal into the Arbuckle formation has been drastically reduced as part of the earthquake mitigation effort by the OCC. Researchers are in broad agreement that the huge increase of disposal of oil and gas wastewater into the Arbuckle formation within the AOI starting in about 2013 can be linked to earthquake activity that peaked in 2016 and has since been declining, largely as a result of OCC mitigation measures.
The latest earthquake charts can be found at: http://www.occeweb.com/og/layers/ISD_EQMonthlyUpdate.pdf "
- USGS reports Magnitude 4.4 near Medford in its preliminary report.
- Medford Emergency Management told FOX23 the earthquake rattled the city but no damage is reported at this time.
- The National Weather Service posted about it on Twitter.
- Several FOX23 employees felt it in east Tulsa as well.
- FOX23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott tweeted this:
- Officials say the earthquake was felt in the northweast Tulsa area
- Check this story for updates.
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