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Oklahoma Sets a New Earthquake Record as Aftershocks Jolt Residents, Researchers and Regulators

The Sept. 3 earthquake near Pawnee, now considered Oklahoma’s strongest ever recorded, is the latest in a seismic surge researchers say has largely been fueled by the oil industry practice of pumping waste fluid into underground disposal wells.

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Federal Scientists Worried Oklahomans Were Getting Wrong Message on Earthquakes, Records Show

As earthquake activity spiked, U.S. Geological Survey scientists feared Oklahomans were getting inaccurate information from state officials and the oil and gas industry, according to internal USGS emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

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