Earthquake Rattles Residents, Leaves Damage In Kansas

Thursday, November 13th 2014, 8:31 am
By: News 9

We're getting our first look at the damage from Wednesday's earthquake that jolted parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Geological Survey says it was a 5.3. The U.S.G.S. has it as a 4.8.

By now we're used to earthquakes, but this one was different. It was bigger, stronger and it left its mark.

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The earthquake's epicenter was 32 miles southwest of Wichita, Kansas. In Milan, Kansas, the rumbling damaged several buildings. One had to be taped off because of structural damage.

Nearby Wichita was rattled. So were people as far away as Oklahoma City, Tulsa and beyond. For most people in both states, it was just about feeling the quake. But one woman did notice something else.

“After I would say about 10 seconds, we heard this big boom and then we came in here and everything was topped over and we looked over here and the ceiling was actually topped over,” Jenna Gallegos said.

There was no damage reported here in Oklahoma. Seismologists said it's not uncommon to feel quakes more than 120 miles away from its epicenter.