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magnitude earthquake rattles parts of central Oklahoma

less than 2 miles east northeast of Luther in Oklahoma County, about 28 miles east of Oklahoma City. Geologists say the temblor was recorded at a depth of three miles.

No damage or injuries were reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 are the smallest felt by humans and damage is not likely from quakes below magnitude 4.0.

Scientists have linked the increase to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production and state regulators have asked producers to reduce wastewater disposal volumes.

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1 killed in flooding today

One person died today as heavy flooding submerged cars and closed streets in South Carolina, and the drenching storms were expected to move up the East Coast, a region already walloped by rain.

Governors up and down the coast warned residents to prepare. The rains could cause power outages and close more roads. could intensify the damage, but rain is forecast across the region regardless of the storm’s path.

“Our state has seen the damage that extreme weather can cause time and time again and I am urging New Yorkers to take precautions for more heavy storms in the coming days,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the heavy rains flooded and closed streets. Several cars were submerged in flash floods. One man was rescued this morning after his vehicle was swept off the road where a culvert had washed out, Doug Bryson with Spartanburg County Emergency Management told local news outlets. The man managed to cling to a tree and was taken to a hospital for treatment, though there was no immediate word on his condition.

Another person died in the street flooding, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger told news outlets, but his name hadn’t been released.

But no matter which way Joaquin heads, an area of low pressure in the Southeast and a front stalled over the East Coast will pull moisture from the Atlantic Ocean, causing rain over the next few days, said Bruce Terry, lead forecaster for the government’s Weather Prediction Center. The National Weather Service predicts as much as 10 inches for some areas.

“The bottom line is: We are expecting very heavy rains all the way from the Carolinas up into New England,” he said.

The heaviest rain is expected in wide swaths of North Carolina and Virginia, along with parts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, according to a National Weather Service forecast map.

In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory said emergency management officials are preparing for expected floods by readying supplies and going over readiness checklists.

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