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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake, Multiple Aftershocks Shake Oklahoma

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Earthquake map from USGS Earthquake map from USGS
A seismograph reading of Saturday's earthquakes from the Leonard Geophysical Observatory. A seismograph reading of Saturday's earthquakes from the Leonard Geophysical Observatory.
An outer wall of the Boomerang Diner in downtown Prague is damaged. An outer wall of the Boomerang Diner in downtown Prague is damaged.
Amy Eaton, who lives a few miles outside Prague, send several photos following the earthquakes. Amy Eaton, who lives a few miles outside Prague, send several photos following the earthquakes.
Another damaged building in downtown Prague Saturday. Another damaged building in downtown Prague Saturday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- A 4.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma early Saturday morning, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.   

The earthquake struck about 20 miles northeast of Shawnee at 2:12 a.m. Saturday morning. The epicenter was located 6 miles north of Prague, 7 miles east-southeast of Sparks, and 47 miles east of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was only 3 miles deep.

Austin Holland, a researcher with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said the earthquakes occurred on a known fault line. Roughly 40 aftershocks have taken place after the initial 4.7 magnitude earthquake.

"The five largest are showing up on our web site so far," Holland said, "but we have the ability to see a lot smaller earthquakes and record them.

Since the interview with Holland, there has been an additional 3.6 magnitude aftershock, recorded at 9:36 a.m. 18 miles northeast of Shawnee, 39 miles southeast of Stillwater, and 41 miles east of Oklahoma City.

"Eventually the list will include a lot of aftershocks. The volume of information will continue to grow on our web site, so people can check back through the next few days."

Residents of towns like Prague and Sparks experienced the first earthquake as pretty intense shaking, he said. For residents father away, the large earthquake experience was more of a rumbling.

"It shakes much more rapidly when you're closer to it," he said. "Because it's a large earthquake, it's going to rumble for a while."

The organization has had hundreds of emails from people who report feeling the quakes across a very large region of the United States, Holland said, including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas.

Prague City Manager Jim Greff told News 9 he has been inspecting the downtown area to find damage to structures.

"We have noticed some of the buildings that look like they've got some cracks in them," Greff said.

He spoke to News 9 as the sun was rising and said more damage would no doubt be found as residents got up and about.

"As they get up and look around their house, I'm sure we'll hear more and more reports of cracks," he said.

The Prague Police Department was flooded with calls from residents reporting damage inside their home. Dishes were rattled so hard they broke inside closed cabinets.

Gregg had not heard any reports of injuries.

Five largest aftershocks:

2:27 a.m. a 3.4 magnitude aftershock was reported 20 miles northeast of Shawnee, 41 miles west of Okmulgee, 46 miles east of OKlahoma City.

4:12 a.m. a 3.3 magnitude aftershock was reported 2 miles southeast of Sparks, 8 miles south of Davenport, 19 miles north-northeast of Shawnee, and 43 miles east of Oklahoma City.

6:24 a.m. a 3.3. magnitude aftershock was reported 15 miles northeast of Shawnee and 41 miles east of Oklahoma City.

8:42 a.m. a 3.3 magnitude aftershock was reported 5 miles southeast of Sparks, 8 miles east-northeast of Meeker, and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.

9:36 a.m. a 3.6 magnitude aftershock was reported 18 miles east-northeast of Shawnee, 39 miles south-southeast of Stillwater, and 41 miles east of Oklahoma CIty.

At 9:36 a.m. a 3.6 magnitude aftershock was recorded18 miles northeast of Shawnee, 39 miles southeast of Stillwater, and 41 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Viewers in Lincoln County report items falling from the walls and some minor structural damage. Again, no injuries have been reported.

Earthquakes Rumble Through Oklahoma

Stay with News 9 and News9.com for more details as they become available.

For more information on the earthquakes you can log onto the United States Geological Survey web site.

Send pics of earthquake damage to pics@news9.net.

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