Small quake rattles Cushing oil hub

Following the trend of the small earthquakes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas is like following a bouncing ball. You never know where it will land. The latest hit right in the middle of one of the largest crude oil storage sites in the country.

Oklahoma’s latest quake occurred Wednesday at 4:34 a.m.  with an epicenter only 2 miles from Cushing. It measured 2.7 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Cushing is home to the Cushing hub, a massive oil storage area for the central part of the U.S. Many have expressed fears over the potential damage a much stronger earthquake could cause to the pipeline and oil storage tank system at the city.

It is also in a region where there have been much stronger earthquakes, many reportedly caused by wastewater disposal wells in the region.

Like most of the smaller quakes, this one occurred at an estimated depth of 3 miles.


Event type:                       Earthquake
Region:                           Oklahoma
Geographic coordinates:           35.955N,  96.755W
Magnitude:                        2.7
Depth:                            5 km
Universal Time (UTC):             31 Oct 2018  09:34:14
Time near the Epicenter:          31 Oct 2018  04:34:14
Local standard time in your area: 31 Oct 2018  03:34:14

Location with respect to nearby cities:
3.5 km (2.2 mi) SSE of Cushing, Oklahoma
32.6 km (20.2 mi) ESE of Stillwater, Oklahoma
58.0 km (36.0 mi) W of Sapulpa, Oklahoma
61.1 km (37.9 mi) E of Guthrie, Oklahoma
87.6 km (54.3 mi) NE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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