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Oklahoma Walloped by 4.5-Magnitude Earthquake

Initial shock followed by two smaller temblors
Updated Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 9:57 p.m. ET


The above graphic, provided by the US Geological Survey, shows the intensity of the quake. (US Geological Survey)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A magnitude-4.5 earthquake in central Oklahoma shook residents Saturday, just weeks after the two-year anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Sooner state, and was followed by two smaller temblors later in the day.

The shaking is increasingly commonplace in the state, so after the initial surprise, customers at a central Oklahoma restaurant near the epicenter of the first quake returned their attention to an in-state college football rivalry game.

Marty Doepke, general manager of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, near the epicenter of the first quake, said there was no damage at the restaurant that's known for its selection of some 600 soft drinks - hundreds of which are displayed in individual bottles along shelves.

"It shook a bit, that's for sure. Everybody just kind of stopped and looked around," Doepke said. "Everybody almost automatically knew what it was and then went back to watching the Bedlam game" - the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma football game.

The earthquake was centered near Arcadia, about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and was about 5 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The agency reported that temblor was followed by a magnitude-2.8 earthquake at 1:26 p.m. about 10 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and a magnitude-3.1 tremor at 5:58 p.m. about 6 miles northeast of the city.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said no injuries or damage were reported from any of the quakes.

Oklahoma is crisscrossed with fault lines that generate frequent small earthquakes, most too weak to be felt. But after decades of limited seismic activity in the region, earthquakes have become more common in the last several years.

The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma was a magnitude-5.6 earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011. That time, the football stadium in Stillwater, about 70 miles north of Oklahoma City, started shaking just after OSU defeated No. 17 Kansas State and left ESPN sports anchor Kirk Herbstreit wide-eyed during a postgame telecast.

That temblor also toppled castlelike turrets at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, some 40 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Since 2009, more than 200 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have hit the state's midsection, according to the Geological Survey. Scientists are not sure why seismic activity has spiked, but one theory is that it could be related to wastewater from oil and gas drilling that is often discarded by injecting it deep into underground wells.

Saturday's magnitude-4.5 tremor was felt in the northern Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, where Gabriella Devero, a University of Central Oklahoma student, was visiting her grandmother and experienced her first earthquake.

"My jaw was just wide open, 'Was I actually going through an earthquake?'" Devero said about her initial thoughts. "Then I was like, 'Yep this is actually an earthquake.'

She continued: "My grandma came into the room and was like 'Gabby are you OK,' and I was like, 'yes, I'm just terrified.'"

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meaculpa

Myrna,
Be careful what you say, here and anywhere on 'the web'
.It doesn't stay, whether you hit 'delete' or not. It has a knack for ending up in some darn fools head, and the attacks begin. Although advise is only as good as you pay for it, and it's all free.
So I say, speak your mind, set to your own limitations, of course. And when the attacks come, don't let it sweat you, Lady. Ignore the fools, If you respond, it's what they want........They push your buttons, and wait for a response, so they can feel like they are something special.
They crave the negative attention, their souls are in misery, and misery loves company
Hold true to yourself, I'm sure you understand all I've said. You'll be all the better for it.
Have a wonderful Holiday, and may God bless you and yours.
meaculpa53@aol.com

December 08 2013 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MYRNA

So sorry, I didnt mean to start who has the biggest earthquake Sorry, for all I started... I will not write about another one... First time I ever wrote and WOW!!

... I think I will leave this group, WOW, so sorry... myrna

December 08 2013 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ocat512

something scarey going on. Too much extreme weather and quakes.

December 08 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sgentilejr

Fracking with Mother Nature is never a good idea. She does not like being Fracked and you would not like being fracked either. Splitting the crust on Mother Earth to drain the Life Blood from her veins is going to end very poorly for Mother Earth and for all life upon this planet.

December 08 2013 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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oldschool

Considering the negativity sorounding fracking I decided to look up the average depth of oil and gas wells. 1 Mile is the average give or take a tad. This earthquake was 5 miles deep. Given that I doubt fracking well above that would make any difference. Had they been drilling to the 5 mile depth then that would leave questions.

December 09 2013 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary

just keep on fracking...... we dont know what kinds of damage we are doing down deep, but im thinking its coming back to haunt us.

December 08 2013 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ADAM ANTMAN

I live in Northern Virginia....directly down wind of the stench that permeates Capitol Hill!

December 08 2013 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
td1918

getting worse and worse!

December 08 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
modfather910

I can just hear her now "Drill baby drill"

December 08 2013 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abcadams1

Since Oklahoma became a big fracking state, there has been a mindblowing amount of earthquakes in a state that once saw very few earthquakes.

December 08 2013 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Joy

If it's gotta happen, then oklahoma is as good a place as any.

December 08 2013 at 9:22 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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larry

Actually, Washington D.C. would be a better place to have an earthquake but only if it fell off the edge of the Planet.

December 08 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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