Skip to comments.USGS: 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Central Oklahoma
Posted on 12/07/2013 10:52:46 AM PST by oxcart
OKLAHOMA CITY -
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rocked central Oklahoma Saturday afternoon.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was recorded at 12:10 p.m. Its epicenter was located four miles northwest of Jones, seven miles east of Edmond, nine miles north, northwest of Choctaw, and 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
It was about five miles deep.
Residents across Oklahoma reported feeling the earthquake just after 12 p.m. Saturday. It lasted several seconds.
News 9 viewers in many Oklahoma cities, including Oklahoma City, Edmond, Stillwater, Tulsa, Harrah, Mustang, and Guthrie, reported feeling the earthquake.
We also felt it right here at our News 9 station in Oklahoma City.
That had to suck. Bush’s Fault no doubt!
Was about 7 miles east of me. I heard it, then felt. It was like a wave of sound and motion. Shook everything in the house. I really thought something hit the roof. Dog is still jittery. ....red
Was it strong enough to break up the ice in Dallas?
And before anyone blames this on the oil and gas industry.
NOBODY DRILLS 5 MILES DEEP in that part of the state. NOBODY. They don’t now and they never have.
I hope everybody is OK. I lived just west of this epicenter years ago. Built a nice house there.
Please spare us!
Out in LALA-land, 4.5 would go unnoticed, unfelt, and definitely unremarked. Call in with 6.5 or better.
Is anywhere in OK related to the New Madrid?
“Out in LALA-land, 4.5 would go unnoticed, unfelt, and definitely unremarked. Call in with 6.5 or better.”
I think they are different kinds of earthquakes. The Big One on the New Madrid fault was felt several states away - another big one on the NM will be devastating.
I am sitting in the airport at OKC. I felt the quake, but I thought that it was ramp personnel working a jetway too roughly. Guess not.
There was a bang sound, as though something hit the building. Then the whole structure swayed. (You could feel it, but not see it.) The reverberations died out quickly with only three or so perceptible oscillations. No aftershocks (so far).
No Way !!! It's the Globull Warming :)
There’s been way more earthquakes in Oklahoma than usual, over the last few years.
In all my reading on the New Madrid earthquakes (which produced the biggest earthquakes in history in the continental US) - I’ve never seen a mention of any connection with Oklahoma.
The earthquakes on the New Madrid are different than the ones in the Fruitcake State due to the difference in the tectonic plate. Midwest quakes roll, like waves. California ones rock.
With that big snowstorm occurring, this quake DOES seem weather related somehow. Maybe the coldness of the ground and contracting?
These have been going on for a few years now. This is not new or isolated. Earthquakes have picked up in the last few years in Oklahoma.
Edited: The New Madrid fault line danger zone does NOT include Oklahoma.
Oklahoma has it’s own faults?
New Madrid is over by Mississippi River and no where near Oklahoma.
Didn’t feel anything here...near Claremore. Felt our first one last year, will never forget it. Thanks for posting.
I think we all know by now Obama will marshal any and every corrupt force to subdue his enemies ... but how on earth did he cause an earthquake???
Now being reported as a 4.8. Either way, it was the biggest we have had in this area.......red
Old Article: Fault Line Runs Right Through Oklahoma City
Yes but the question is?
A Black Swan Event
What does a strong earthquake do to fracking wells/holes and can a large earthquake bust a bunch of fracking casings and pollute the water table on a large scale before the crews can individually repair these.
Oh, cone on! The NM earthquake started in 1812 and ended in 1814. I doubt anyone in Oklahoma was there to record it. The NM is a very deep fault and runs all through the Mississippi drainage with branches up into Ohio.
You lost me on that comment. Are you saying that the faults in Oklahoma are connected with the ones around New Madrid?
That’s a real knee-slapper!
I’ve had lots of relatives in OK tell me they will put up with tornadoes but wouldn’t tolerate all those earthquakes we have along the west coast.
Star Traveler is correct. Not the New Madrid. Different faults. Nemaha Ridge and Humboldt Fault. Not that there wouldn’t be a chain reaction, though.
Yeah, Oklahoma has faults. I’ve seen them listed on some earthquake maps in the past.
When you said that Oklahoma is not near the New Madrid area and not connected to the New Madrid faults I (if that’s what you’re saying) — I do believe that’s what I was saying, in that they are not connected. Perhaps that’s not clear in my statement.
I don’t know if they are or not. Most of those mid-continental faults are miles deep and don’t seem to move often enough to be recorded. The one under OKC seems to be active on an ongoing basis but as to what that means...?
As for my comment, I was responding to the statement concerning whether the infamous NM earthquake of 1812-1814 could be felt in OK.
I answered that there probably wasn’t anyone there who could record the event.
Those in the midwest will freak when the big one hits along the Mississippi.
The ground will shake so violently, their soil will turn into liquefaction which essentially turns the soil into quicksand like oatmeal consistency..
Houses and buildings slowly sink right into the ground and many times the earth just burps them back up when the aftershocks hit.
I do believe I’ve seen maps that indicate how a New Madrid earthquake would be felt and the kind of damage it would do. It was on a Roman Numeral scale - and in Oklahoma there would not be a lot of serious damage, although it would be felt.
I thought our upstairs hot water heater exploded here in Edmond. This one was worse than the 5.4 a couple of years ago. Instead of a slowly growing rumble and shake, this was a huge explosion that shook everything and then rumbled slowly for close to a minute.
I can’t imagine what it is like in Kali, going through bigger earthquakes. Our problem is that our houses and buildings are not built for this. Found several new cracks along some seams and our house is already piered to bedrock.
Hopefully you guys in the midwest don’t use brick or mason, as that is the first thing that cracks and turns to sand.
Here in CA, we put in a seismic foundation, which consist of 400 little shock absorbers in the sub-floor just above the foundation. When the bigger earthquakes hit, our home just bounces up and down slightly, while our neighbors homes crack and fall apart.
Most houses here are made of brick. Ours is mostly stone. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are made to shake.
There was an earthquake that lasted for almost 2 years?
LOL ... no, it was a series of earthquakes, over a span of time.
Oh man, I’d hate to have been alive at that time and going through that. I probably would’ve thought the world was ending.
Good luck...I’ve seen quakes so violent cars were bouncing off their wheels in parking lots..
My friends grandmother was hit in the head by a swinging chandelier, which knocked her down a flight of stairs.
We were at a horse sale there several years ago. They had one on Friday night and then another on Saturday night. Scared the wits out of me.
I’m in Tulsa and the first one that I felt woke me up (it was quite late). I wasn’t sure what happened, but I suspected an earthquake. I immediately got on the Intermet and confirmed that it was one. Then I put in a report to USGS, where they solicit people’s information on an earthquake that they’ve felt.
I was the only one in the house that felt it or woke up.
The next day (I think it was a day later) another quake hit and was felt in Tulsa. This time it was in the early evening and everyone was up. Everyone in the house felt that one as the house really shook for a while.
I know that those people who were close were shaken a whole lot more than we were in Tulsa.
If you go on the USGS website, you should be able to find out how many different people felt it in Oklahoma, by the reports that they submit. They are broken down by Zip Code.
Ok, I’ll bite. How was your friend’s grandmother hit in the head with a swinging chandelier? Did she play for a WNBA team? Was she hurt and did she recover?
I can imagine ! I was in Tokyo a couple weeks ago and we felt it early morning around 2 on the Japanese scale (3.5 Richter?) but at least we knew exactly what had happened. :D
The chandelier broke lose from it’s chain, struck grandma in the forehead, knocking her down a flight of stairs.
To add insult to injury, one of the paramedics slammed the door shut on her leg when transporting her to the ER.
Thanks ... I’ve read a lot about those earthquakes and now that I’m closer to the area, it’s even of more concern (I used to be in Oregon).
Much more concerned about the do-gooders, liberals, envirowackos and libtards, communists in the white hut and muzzies, national debt and taxes than I am about wells and earthquakes.
Let me know when a well problem happens and I’ll get right on it.
If it isn’t a problem in California it isn’t going to be a problem.
This sure isn’t the first seismic event with wells involved. I’ve been through some in Colombia while drilling and not a thing happened. Wells are still there. That was 20 years ago and lots more quakes have happened since then.
I won’t be wringing my hands and looking for black swans or anything else on this score.