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Wastewater disposal wells targeted after magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattles northern Oklahoma


CHEROKEE, Oklahoma — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says it's working to have two disposal wells shut down and volume reduced at 23 others after a magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday.

The commission's oil and gas division released a plan calling for changes to oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in the area near the towns of Cherokee and Carmen.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, the quake occurred at 1:42 a.m. Thursday and was centered about 8 miles southwest of Cherokee.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which was felt more than 300 miles away.

Two other earthquakes were reported later Thursday: a 3.1-magnitude temblor at 3:46 a.m. and a 3.7-magnitude quake at 6:03 a.m.

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