By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Aug 13th 2016 07:38:55It’s a big one.
The world is facing a very big earthquake, but it is just getting started.
The United States Geological Survey is expecting more than 1.5 million people to be affected by the quake, which is estimated to strike between 11:00pm local time (04:00 GMT) on Wednesday, 8 September.
It’s likely to have a much bigger impact than the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit Japan on 11 March, which killed nearly 1,000 people and caused billions of dollars of damage.
That was one of the largest earthquakes in the world.
This quake is much larger.
The USGS says the quake could hit anywhere from Texas to Canada, and could cause major damage to major cities like Houston and Dallas.
The agency says the magnitude of the earthquake is “moderate” and that the epicenter will likely be in southern and central Oklahoma, which has a population of more than 30 million people.
It says the epicentre will be near the Oklahoma City metro area, which sits between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The Oklahoma City area is home to more than 8,000 active oil and gas wells, according to the USGS, and is the largest producer of natural gas in the US.
“The epicenter is located on the border of the Okanogan and Pine Counties, which are both very seismically active regions,” the USG said.
The quake will make landfall in the southern part of the US in Oklahoma, near the town of Oklahoma City.