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4.0 earthquake in northern Oklahoma rattles Wichita

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(Oliver Morrison/The Wichita Eagle)
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(Oliver Morrison/The Wichita Eagle)

A 4.0 earthquake with an epicenter near Luther, Okla., shook Wichita on Thursday evening at 5:27 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

The last major earthquake felt in Wichita was a little more than a week ago, when a 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Crescent, Okla. Luther is about 40 miles southeast of Crescent. Both are directly south of Wichita, near Edmond, Okla.

In January an earthquake struck southern Okla., which the city of Wichita said caused more than $100,000 in damage.

The United States Geological Survey released a map in March that showed that parts of Kansas and Oklahoma are vulnerable to earthquakes large enough to cause substantial damage. These earthquakes are called induced earthquakes because they are thought to be caused by the pressure that builds when oil and gas companies inject wastewater underground.

(Oliver Morrison/The Wichita Eagle)

 

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