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January 2, 2014

Earthquakes rattle area early Thursday; no damage reported

STILLWATER, Okla. — Two earthquakes shook Stillwater Thursday morning. The first earthquake registered 3.1 in magnitude at 7:19 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s website. The earthquake’s epicenter was approximately 15 miles west of Stillwater, just north of Highway 51 and east of Interstate 35.

The second earthquake registered 3.2 in magnitude at 11:20 a.m., according to the website. Its epicenter was about 10 miles east of Stillwater, just north of Highway 51 near Highway 108.

Bruce Presgrave, geophysicist for the United States Geological Survey, said the earthquakes were the result of, “injection wells associated with oil and gas recovery.”

Presgrave also said the number of earthquakes are increasing, but not just in Oklahoma. Earthquakes in Texas and southern Kansas have been increasing.

Jeff Kuhn, Payne County’s Emergency Management Director, said neither of the earthquakes caused any damage. Kuhn said damage does not typically occur from earthquakes with a magnitude under 4.0.

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