Earthquakes rattle parts of Oklahoma, Kansas

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck Friday morning in Oklahoma and was felt in Kansas. It was followed by several smaller earthquakes.

The 4.2 quake occurred at 8:47 a.m. and was centered about 5.8 miles north-northwest of Stroud, Oklahoma, according to the US Geological Survey. The magnitude was revised slightly from 4.3.

Another earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was recorded near Stroud at 9:04 a.m., and a 3.7 occurred at 9:17 a.m.

Those quakes were followed by two others below a magnitude of 3.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. People from south-central Kansas and central Oklahoma reported on the KAKE-TV Facebook that they felt the first quake. The USGS says it was also felt in Arkansas. 

Scientists have linked some oil and gas production in Oklahoma to an uptick in earthquakes, but the frequency of such earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped as the state imposes new restrictions on the injection of wastewater underground.

Oklahoma experienced its largest-ever recorded earthquake in September, a 5.6-magnitude temblor centered in Pawnee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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