The death toll from the deadly earthquake in Oklahoma City rose to at least 18 and more than 500 people were still missing Wednesday after a magnitude-6.7 temblor killed at least 40 people and injured thousands more in the most deadly natural disaster in decades.
Officials on Wednesday said they believed the blast in north Texas could have been caused by a fault, but that they did not yet have enough data to definitively link the blast to one.
That information, however, was consistent with an earthquake that struck Oklahoma City on May 17 and killed more than 700 people.
The magnitude-7.9 quake struck about 10 miles south of the city of Oklahoma City.
It struck at a time when many of the nation’s biggest oil and gas fields are located.
It sent a tectonic wave that was much more powerful than any that hit the U.S. in recent years, and it caused widespread damage.
The National Weather Service in Dallas said it was expected to feel the earthquake at its epicenter, which is near the Texas border with Mexico.
The agency’s website said the quake was felt all over the U, from New York to Kansas City.
The earthquake was felt in Kansas City and across the region.
At least one building collapsed in Oklahoma city, and at least three people were killed and dozens were injured in a series of collapses in the city.
There were no reports of damage or fatalities at the scene of the blast.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the death toll could rise, but it did not provide further details.
The quake was so powerful that it caused a landslide that was visible for miles in some parts of Oklahoma, according to CNN affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma.