5.6-Magnitude Pawnee Quake Causes Damage In OKC Metro


Saturday, September 3rd 2016, 4:53 pm
By: Grant Hermes


More than 90 miles from the largest earthquake in Oklahoma history, residents of Oklahoma City are still shaken.

Gary Gates said he ran outside after he felt the earthquake. His home was fine, but his neighbors' home off SW 60 Street was a different story. The exterior eastern wall had crumbled into the yard exposing insulation and sheetrock. 

“It started rattling, and man, when I started looking around the first thing I did, I was looking at my house but I look over here and I see all this and I'm going like 'oh my gosh. Like, wow, I can't believe this,’ but here it is!” Gates said.

Reports and pictures of damage came in from as far south as Norman.

Up in Stillwater, Oklahoma State's Boone Picken's Stadium needed to be inspected for cracks before kickoff Saturday. 

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Pawnee. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it registered as a magnitude of 5.6, matching the largest earthquake in state history which was recorded in 2011.

On the north side of Oklahoma City, firefighters had to remove the stacks off a crumbling chimney along NE 21 Street after bricks began raining down off a nearly 100-year-old house.

“It scared me and I hollered for my daughter and I'm still shaking,” Gloria Childs said.

Childs, an elderly woman, lives with her daughter. She uses a rolling walker to get around and was trying to stand up when the earthquake hit her home. She said it was so strong, it knocked her back into her chair.

Back on the south side, a plea for help with picking up the pieces of an historic quake.

“They just need a hand up you know it'd be great if some, if one viewer it would take, would help,” Gates said.