An earthquake hit northeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least six others, including a toddler, as residents scrambled to flee the region amid a surge in earthquakes in recent weeks.
The quake, which was felt across the country and across much of the U.S., was centered about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of the Oklahoma City metro area.
The epicenter was about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of the town of Lumberton, according to the U,S.
Residents reported a strong tremor in the area.
It was unclear if the quake was the result of a natural disaster or a man-made one.
It’s not clear yet whether the quake had a damaging effect on infrastructure.
The U.K. and other European countries are among the U: The U., U.N. and European Union have issued alerts for the region, while China is considering its response.
More than 500,000 people have fled the region to avoid the quake.
The Associated Press reported that the Oklahoma Geological Survey said the quake felt in Oklahoma City was about a magnitude 5.8 and that it hit about 120 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of the city, about 70 miles (100 kilometers) west of the capital Oklahoma City.
The temblor came about 11:45 p.m.
(0200 GMT) near Lumberwood, a small town in Lumber County, Oklahoma.
About 3,000 residents fled their homes, the Associated Press said.
An official at the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said at least 6 people were injured, but it wasn’t clear if they were residents of homes or were the injured when the quake struck.
A U.F.O. helicopter flying over Lumbertown said a small plane had landed, but officials weren’t sure if it was related to the quake or if the rescue effort was still ongoing.
About 300 people were on board the chopper when it landed, according the AP.
The Oklahoma Geological Society posted a picture of the injured on its Facebook page, saying that six people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and one person remained in critical condition.
“All of us here are just thankful for the quick actions by the people of Lumbwood,” the post said.
The city is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City, the state capital.
A woman in her 60s was taken to a local hospital with a minor leg injury, according AP.
Authorities also said there were at least seven deaths and about 25 missing in the region.
The earthquake was centered in the Lumber Town area, a mostly rural area about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma.
Lumber town is about 35 miles (50 kilometers) south of Oklahoma city.
The area is considered a safe area for residents to go about their daily lives.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
Residents of the Lumb Town area said they were worried about the potential for damage from the quake, the AP reported.
“There is a lot of potential for potential damage to structures and buildings and homes,” said Michael Anderson, a resident of Loblawton, a town about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southwest of Lopec.
“The people that live here are a lot more careful than people in the other communities, but we’re just a little bit concerned.”