Skip to comments.5.6 Quake Hits Shawnee, Oklahoma (Sat. Nov 5, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.)
Posted on 11/05/2011 9:38:36 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
Date-Time Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 03:53:10 UTC Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 10:53:10 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 35.599°N, 96.752°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Distances 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Shawnee, Oklahoma 63 km (39 miles) SSE of Stillwater, Oklahoma 68 km (42 miles) ESE of Guthrie, Oklahoma 71 km (44 miles) ENE of OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma
The earth’s crust is getting very crusty. So many earthquakes.
Felt it here in Fort Worth. Slight shaking. Side-to-side. Three seconds. Sent in a report to the USGS.
Check the books of Daniel and Revelation. Then it will become clear.
Herbstreet said he felt an aftershock while doing the post game show from Stillwater.
Maybe this is a run up to the New Madrid fault.
This is very abnormal for Oklahoma. The 4.7 quake Saturday morning was the 2nd strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma. The strongest was (emphasis on “was”) a 5.5 in 1952. This 5.6 is one for the records, I hope. Further up the scale would mean increasing amounts of damage. Let’s hope this 5.6 is the strongest ever in Oklahoma for a long time to come.
Brent was unshaken. :-)
Live reports from residents.
Beat me by that much.
It shook pretty good. I live about 20 miles from the epicenter. Whole house was shaking and had a low rumble kind of like slow thunder. Dogs were barking. I slept right through the 4.7 last night. 5.6 would be a record for Oklahoma. Previous was 5.5 in 1952
Wichita Falls here. I was on the phone with my Sweetheart at the time, and I thought a truck had hit my house. Only lasted maybe 3 seconds, but it was a JOLT.
Now my Sweetheart knows I’m a wimp. Sucks to be me....
Live reports from residents.
Someone was blaming it on fracking for oil.
How many miles is it to the New Madrid Fault from the epicenter?
Didn’t feel anything here in McKinney, TX ... but it startled the cats and I noticed a light and a long chain on a ceiling fan swaying back and forth. And that was while wife and I were watching Paranormal Activity. And it was minutes after the scene with the swaying light. Freaked me out for a while.
Glad it was just an earthquake! LOL!
I’m not sure how much more area the posted map covers that is not shown but I am working in Columbia MO and felt what seemed like an earthquake just a bit before 11 p.m. Looked over at the water glass on the night stand and water was sloshing as if someone had bumped it.
“Herbstreet said he felt an aftershock while doing the post game show from Stillwater.”
Could be wrong, but technically he felt the earthquake, as the 4.6 earlier in the day would be the pre-courser not the aftershock?
A friend of mine in Keller said he felt it. Nada over here in central Collin County.
We didn’t sense it here in California either but welcome you to the club..Let’s hope for no more of this.
A long way. It's a completely different set of faults.
That was my reaction as soon as I pulled up the USGS website. That big box is definately out of place.
From a geologist's perspective it's pretty routine, actually. Had an earthquake nearby of almost the same magnitude in 1952, which in term of geology is seconds ago.
And central Oklahoma has clear seismic hazard shown on USGS seismic hazard maps.
USGS upgrades latest earthquake to 5.6; strongest on record in Oklahoma
Posted: 11:27 PM
Last Updated: 2 minutes ago
TULSA - The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that the latest in a series of earthquakes in Oklahoma is the strongest on record for the state.
According to the USGS , the earthquake that struck at 10:53 p.m. Saturday has been upgraded to a magnitude 5.6. The epicenter is four miles east of Sparks, Okla. in Lincoln County, 21 miles northeast of Shawnee.
Lincoln County Emergency Management is reporting significant damage.
Tremors were felt as far east as Little Rock and as far north as Wichita.
The earthquake broke the record set in 1952 in El Reno. That quake was recorded as a 5.5.
The latest comes after a shocking 4.8 earthquake that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday near Prague, Okla.
Aftershocks were felt for hours following Saturday’s first quake, which Amie Gibson, a research scientist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said was the strongest to hit the state in nearly sixty years.
That is, until this most recent quake.
Gibson said Saturday that aftershocks from the first earthquake could occur for days.
I’ve been living here in California for almost forty years, and earthquakes still scare the heck out of me.
If this house is a rockin', don't come a knockin'!
My daughter tells me there was some damage at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee. I believe she was talking about Benedictine Hall.
I’m in OC and never really minded quakes until Sylmar and Northridge. Those two had me hiding under the bed and I was a long way from the epicenter. They were 6.6 and 6.7 respectively.
The only time I suffered property damage was with the Whittier Narrows quake. It was a 5.9 and the fault runs real close to my house.
Of course. There never were unexpected earthquakes before fracking.
The gist of what I’m reading is that the recent surge in activity in Oklahoma is statistically significant but not unexpected. Geologically, I don’t doubt 1952 was mere moments ago, but we don’t get a lot of earthquakes like this in Oklahoma. Perhaps abnormal is the incorrect word for it. A 5.6 is normal activity, but it’s relatively rare to have 5.6 quakes in Oklahoma, right?
Just because it is not the New Madrid Fault doesn’t mean there couldn’t be serious action. the NM quake was not one quake, but at least 3 that were over 8, and dozens that were 7s and 6s. Since the area was sparsely settled at the time, it is hard to say what other faults might not have been affected at the time. The quakes started in 1811 and ended in spring 2012. A powerful quake was also felt in and around Caracas, Venezuela, killing around 20,000 people in March 2012. That is a lot farther from NM than OK, and seems to have been part of an overall period of activity in and near the Caribbean Plate. There was also a major volcanic eruption on the island St. Vincent in 1812. That is on the eastern edge of the CP. Venezuela is on the south side, and the Miss. valley is to the north.
I think I read recently that the NMF has a really big one every 4 or 5 hundred years, but a somewhat smaller but serious one in the next decade would not surprise me.
Thanks for the informative articles. We’re far more concerned about tornadoes than quakes. Let’s hope we don’t get anything stronger than this 5.6.
Shawnee small town, but has the best BBQ and emergency room treatment ever.
I live in Memphis right on the Mississippi and the New Madrid fault.
WTF? I thought this was only 2011. Watching Bama and LSU must have caused me to fall into a coma and now I have no idea of the date.
That’s the second one today in OK.
“A powerful quake was also felt in and around Caracas, Venezuela, killing around 20,000 people in March 2012.”
You predicting the future, now?
What year was the Narrows quake
1987 this time of the year.
Sorry, it is 2 am, and I am 73. Time for bed. Caracas in 1812. Then again maybe Chavez will catch what he has coming.
Sorry, past my bedtime, meant 1812.
Thanks. Missed that one.
“The Narrows quake emptied my cousins pool and pretty much destroyed everything in their home.”
Funny you should mention that, I know of the same thing happening due to the Sylmar quake.
A family in the Fullerton hills (what would that be, 40 miles from Sylmar?). Their daughter had just walked into the kitchen going past the sliding glass doors that led to the pool.
The quake hit and all of the water in the pool lifted out and headed straight for the sliding glass doors.
It blasted through them like a tsunami and glass, water, furniture and everything else roared through the house.
Made a hell of a mess. When they repaired the house they had the pool removed.
I think the ground around New Madrid stores more energy than what we do in California.
So while we have more earthquakes, you will have bigger ones.
After my husband and I moved to Memphis, Tn., my mother who was still in SoCal was scared to death that we were going to b e hit b y a tornado, not realizing that Memphis is dead center on the New Madrid fault.
“My family moved to Yorba Linda.”
Brush fires. Earthquakes. All they need is a good mudslide or two courtesy of el nino.
Felt this one in OK, live in Canadian county. Thought it was a big gust of wind, windows shaking, ceiling fan creaking. Thought it strange for a wind gust. Then I thought Earthquake, but thought it was my imagination.