Northwest Oklahoma shaken by earthquake cluster

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OKLAHOMA - A night of earthquakes leads to questions in Fairview.

With an earthquake nearby registering a magnitude of 4.8, tied for the fourth highest in Oklahoma history, many in town are wondering if these new large quakes are the norm.

"We just kind of adapt," said resident Ronda Stucks. "Okahomans are really good about adapting."

The area's no stranger to earthquakes.

The Corporation Commission has taken action before, reducing the volume from wastewater injection wells during the past few months in an area around 30 miles away from last night's epicenter.

These wells are thought to be a major contributor to Oklahoma's swell in recent earthquakes.

But, many in town said last night was different.

"It lasted quite a while," cried one patron, exiting a local restaurant. "Biggest one I've ever felt."

"They were scary," said Ronda Frech. "They shook a long time."

According to the USGS, the earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma continued into Thursday with 20-plus clustered in the area.

Officials with the Corporation Commission said they are in the process of formulating a plan and response, following the seismic activity.

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