Three Earthquakes Rattle Payne County Saturday Evening


Saturday, October 18th 2014, 11:19 pm
By: News 9


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported three earthquakes in Payne County Saturday evening. The first, a magnitude 3.3 earthquake, shook seven miles west, southwest of Pawnee and 13 miles north, northeast of Stillwater.

The time recorded near the earthquake's epicenter was 8:16 p.m.

The earthquake was more than three miles deep, according to USGS.

About a half an hour later, a second earthquake shook the area eight miles west, southwest of Pawnee at 8:49 p.m. The 3.0 magnitude quake was less than a mile deep.

Later Saturday evening, a third earthquake rattled the same area eight miles west, southwest of Pawnee at 10:04 p.m.

The 3.0 magnitude quake was less than a mile deep, according to USGS.

There are no reports of major injury or damage at this time.

According to the USGS, earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest ones felt by humans. Damage is more likely from quakes at a 4.0 magnitude and higher.