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earthquakes today – Oklahoma quake prompts shutdown of gas-linked wells One of the largest earthquakes in Oklahoma rattled the Midwest on Saturday all the way from Nebraska to North Texas Oklahoma regulators on Saturday shut down 37 wastewater wells connected to oil and gas production after a magnitude-56 earthquake — matching the strongest quake ever to hit the state — jolted north-central Oklahoma

The quake, centered in rural Pawnee County, could be felt over a seven-state area, the US Geological Survey reported Gov Mary Fallin said on Twitter that the shutdown was a "mandatory directive" covering 725 square miles in Osage County, just northwest of the quake's epicenter

She said the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which ordered the shutdown, was in touch with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the emergency measures Fallin said three homes in Pawnee County were damaged and that at least three buildings in the city of Pawnee sustained some level of damage An inspection of state highway and turnpike bridges also had turned up "very minor issues," she said Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said one homeowner was treated and released from the hospital after suffering a minor head injury when part of a fireplace fell on him as he protected a child the Associated Press reported Randell said building damage in Pawnee was mostly brick and mortar from buildings dating to the early 1900s

Pawnee Mayor Brad Sewell told KOKI-TV that some sandstones from damaged historic buildings tumbled onto the sidewalk during the quake Parts of central Pawnee, a town of about 2,000 people, were cordoned off until the buildings could be examined The Pawnee Nation, which has its tribal headquarters in the area, declared a state of emergency and said damage to its buildings was so extensive they were being closed pending further inspection The Pawnee Nation, which has its tribal headquarters in the area, declared a state of emergency and said damage to its buildings was so extensive they were being closed pending further inspection According to an analysis published by the Tulsa World in January, the volume of wastewater disposed climbed 81% over six years, coinciding with the state’s increase in earthquakes Since 2013, the OCC has asked wastewater-well owners to reduce disposal volumes in parts of the state