4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Central Oklahoma


Saturday, December 7th 2013, 1:20 pm
By: News 9


A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked central Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was recorded at 12:10 p.m. Its epicenter was located four miles northwest of Jones, seven miles east of Edmond, nine miles north, northwest of Choctaw, and 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The epicenter is also located about one mile southeast of Lake Arcadia.

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting the earthquake was 4.5 in magnitude. It was about five miles deep.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, characterized it as a shallow quake that might knock items from shelves and cause light fixtures to sway. Caruso said it is likely part of the swarm of quakes that have struck near the Jones area over the past few years.

It was felt as far south as Wichita Falls, Texas, and as far north as Wichita, Kansas, Caruso said.

Kenna Carmon with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says ODOT crews have been checking their roads and bridges in a 15 mile radius from the epicenter and have found no damage.

Residents across Oklahoma reported feeling the earthquake just after 12 p.m. Saturday. It lasted several seconds.

News 9 viewers in many Oklahoma cities, including Oklahoma City, Edmond, Stillwater, Tulsa, Harrah, Mustang, and Guthrie, reported feeling the earthquake.

We also felt it right here at our News 9 station in Oklahoma City.

News 9 viewer Megan Schmidt said there is earthquake damage at her house in Edmond. No injuries have been reported. 

Two smaller tremors were also recorded near the metro in the hours following the big quake. The first, a 2.8 magnitude, struck three miles southeast of Edmond around 1:30 p.m. The second, a 3.1 magnitude, struck four miles east of The Village.

No damage or injuries have been reported with the subsequent tremors.

If you are seeing earthquake damage in your area, send your photos to pics@news9.net.