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Oklahoma's Largest Earthquake Shuts Down Osage, Pawnee Nation


Operators of 17 disposal wells in the Osage Nation have agreed to shut down operations following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend, a move that will help keep people safe but could affect the tribe’s economy, the chairman of the Osage Nation Minerals Council said.

Osage Nation Minerals Council Chairman Everett Waller said he was “very” concerned about the effect the shutdown will have on the local economy, but “the safety of our people is first. It’s an issue of the environment, which we’ve been custodians of for many years. Our oilfield is 118 years old.”

The earthquake Saturday morning was centered 9.3 miles northwest of Pawnee and had a depth of 3.5 miles, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey had originally said the quake had a magnitude of 5.6, but the agency updated the figure on Wednesday to 5.8, making it the largest ever recorded in the state. Several aftershocks occurred following the temblor.



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