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Second largest earthquake in Oklahoma history rouses people from their sleep as far away as Kansas City, Mo.
A 4.7-magnitude earthquake – felt in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas – rattled homes across central Oklahoma early Saturday morning.
According to the USGS, the initial quake, centered about six miles north of Prague, struck at about 2:12 a.m.
Moments later a 3.4- and a 2.7-magnitude aftershock struck about five miles southeast of Sparks.
The quakes continued with a 3.6 magnitude temblor shortly after 8:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Norman said via its Facebook page the earthquake was felt in Norman and also as far away as weather offices in Topeka, Kansas and Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Read more in the Oklahoma news:
Weather Channel says quake was 2nd largest in Oklahoma history:
Thanks to Jay Curtis and Robert Stom for these links
Oklahoma earthquake swarm
“There’s a bit more to this story,” says Jay.
“The Oklahoma Geological Survey has catalogued a record number of small earthquakes over the past year or so. An interview with an Oklahoma Geological Survery seismologist named Austin Holland appeared on the Oklahoma News 9 website in June in which Holland discussed the “uptick” in earthquakes in central Oklahoma. The article said:
“The small town of Jones (pop. 2517), in eastern Oklahoma County (about 14 miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City) has been at the center of an unusual surge in seismic activity over the past 18 months.
“According to the Geological Survey, there were a total of six earthquakes in Oklahoma County from 2000 through 2008. The uptick began in 2009, when monitoring equipment recorded 31 earthquakes in the county. Over the ensuing 15 months — January 2010 through March 2011 — Holland says there were 850 earthquakes, just in Oklahoma County.
‘To put that into perspective,’ Holland said, ‘the most earthquakes we’d ever recorded in a single year in [the entire state of] Oklahoma was 167.
“Although the majority were small quakes, that’s a 5-fold increase in Oklahoma County over the most ever recorded IN THE ENTIRE STATE in a single year!”
Here is the link to the News 9 story:
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