Two Earthquakes Rattle Residents All Over Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 12th 2014, 11:10 pm
By: News 9

Two earthquakes hit the state Wednesday that still has people talking. The most recent, a 3.6 magnitude nearly Boley in Okfuskee County; the other one is that 5.3 magnitude quake that originated up in Kansas.

That five-plus magnitude was measured by the Oklahoma Geological Survey, while the USGS ranks it slightly lower. Nevertheless, some Oklahomans are finding it hard to believe the quake's epicenter was in a neighboring state.

It was around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday when the earthquake rattled several parts of Oklahoma. Within minutes News 9 was inundated with phone calls.

“It was wavy. We could feel it in our furniture and in the floor,” said a News 9 viewer.

“People were coming out of their offices, saying, ‘Oh my God, did you feel that?'” said Darlene Troup in Chickasha.

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And the News 9 social media page exploded with comments from viewers.

Mindy Nichole Peck wrote: "Felt it on the 5th floor at Norman Regional. Lasted a long time."

Sheila Pedigo in Lawton said: "Hanging lights and ceiling fans swinging. Curious how big it was. Seemed longer and bigger than usual."

Jamie Williams Hillis wrote: "Felt in Pauls Valley!"

Emily Daugherty said: "I have family and friends who felt it in Norman, Mustang, downtown OKC, Woodward, all the way to Wichita Kansas! That has to be a big freakin' earthquake."

“It felt like it had to have been very close,” said Troup.

“Earthquakes of this size can be felt though very broad areas of the Central US,” said OGS seismologist, Austin Holland.

Holland says it's not uncommon to feel a quake more than 120 miles away from its epicenter. This one originated eight miles south of Conway Springs, Kansas.

“Earthquakes in the central and eastern US, our energy radiates out for a very long ways,” said Holland.

It radiates out much more, Holland says, than California for a comparable sized earthquake.

“I think that it was right here,” said Troup. “But of course, the seismologists know better than me.”

Holland says that Earthquake that shook Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was felt from Chicago to Austin, Texas.