Sometimes it's just a distant rumble, barely felt across the prairie. Sometimes it's a violent jolt that knocks dishes out of the cabinets and cracks the walls.
With 585 noticeable earthquakes in 2014, and 2015 set to top that record this month, Oklahoma is now the most seismically active US state. Geologists say the tremors are caused by the injection of wastewater from the oil wells that pump crude out of seemingly every other field — the lifeblood of the state's economy.
For many Oklahomans, it's become more than just a nuisance. With scientists warning the odds of a Big One are going up every year, and Wall Street starting to ponder the potential losses, VICE News traveled to the heart of the earthquake patch to see what's shaking.
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