For the strongest in the history of the U.S. state of Oklahoma earthquake followed by 10 aftershocks

Photo www.bangaloreoutings.blogspot.comNEW YORK, Nov. 7. Corr. ITAR-TASS Oleg Zelenin. A series of aftershocks felt in the weekend residents of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. On Saturday night there was an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 — the strongest in the state's history. Aftershocks occurred almost noon on Sunday — according to the U.S. Geological Survey, there were at least 10. Two of them had a magnitude of 4.0, while the weak — around 2.7.
The epicenter was located near the town of Sparks, which is about 70 km away from the administrative center of the state — Oklahoma City. Hearth tremors occur at relatively shallow depth — 5 km. Fortunately, as a result of the disaster no one was killed, according to police, there were no serious injuries and. The earthquake, however, the cause of damage to many buildings. Thus, the most significant damage caused to the city of Prague, where the ceiling collapsed city library.
Tremors for a while led to disruption of transportation in the state. According to local media, the movement of vehicles was seriously hampered on three areas of Highway 62, in Lincoln County from a rock on the road hit a boulder the size of a SUV. The earthquake was felt even in Kansas City, far removed from the epicenter at 500 km.
Oklahoma is located in a relatively quiet in terms of seismic activity of the earth's crust. On average, in the year there are nearly 50 earthquakes. However, in recent years the intensity of underground elements in the state, especially in the east of Oklahoma City, has increased significantly. According to geologists, the last year in the state occurred in 1047 earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle, scientists can not yet explain what was the reason of such activity.
Meanwhile, Earl warned that aftershocks in the area can be observed for several days, and possibly months.

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