Oklahoma Earthquake Prompts Infrastructure Questions

Oklahoma Earthquake Prompts Infrastructure Questions

Nearly all Oklahoma earthquakes are traced to the underground injection of wastewater left over from oil and gas production

After a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma, questions and concerns about infrastructure have been raised. The earthquake brought down building facades and shattered windows around Cushing, Oklahoma.

Nearly all of the recent earthquakes in Oklahoma have been traced to the underground injection of wastewater left over from oil and gas production. Luckily, no highway or bridge damage was found within a 15-mile radius of the earthquake’s epicenter.

According to a report, Cushing’s oil storage is terminal is one of the world’s largest at 58.8 million barrels of crude oil. No reports claim any of the pipeline companies had problems as a result of the quake.

There have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week.

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Matt Holden (mholden@1105media.com) is the group social media editor for 1105 Media Inc.'s Security, Safety, Health & Facilities Group, which includes Occupational Health & Safety magazine. He works in 1105 Media Inc.'s Dallas office.