3.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in southeastern Oklahoma


QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — No injuries have been reported following a 3.1 magnitude earthquake in southeastern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was recorded at 11:09 a.m. Monday a little more than 1 mile (2 kilometers) north of Quinton, about 123 miles (198 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City. The temblor was recorded at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers).

No damage was immediately reported. Geologists say damage is unlikely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma in recent years have been linked to underground injection of wastewater from oil and gas production. USGS geologists say the number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes is on pace to decline for the fourth straight year after regulators directed producers to close some wells and reduce volumes in others.

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