Oklahoma was woke up in the wee hours of the morning multiple times because of earthquakes shaking the state.
Five earthquakes total shook Oklahoma today, on Tuesday, April 16. USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley says the earthquakes began with a 3.0 magnitude around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and all were centered northeast of Oklahoma City.
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake happened today at 1:56 a.m. with an epicenter about 7 miles east, northeast of Luther and 22 miles east of Edmond, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Another earthquake struck at 2:15 a.m. with a lesser magnitude of 2.8 and was felt 8 miles northwards, about 54 miles east of Oklahoma City. Shortly after the third earthquake, a fourth one rumbled at a 3.3 magnitude at 2:16 a.m and was felt 4 miles east of Luther city.
Pursley said the U.S. Geological Survey reported a fifth earthquake at a 4.2 magnitude hit at 5:16 a.m. 4 miles east, northeast of Luther.
Austin Holland, a geophysicist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman, said he is gathering data about the earthquakes Tuesday. He said it is possible there were more than four quakes that hit Oklahoma. “At this point it looks like a main shock, aftershock sequence. There are even a bunch of smaller ones,” says an expert. The state’s strongest-ever earthquake hit a magnitude of 5.7,” he said.
Magnitude, Location, Depth
- 3.0 Chandler, Oklahoma 4.9
- 4.3 Luther, Oklahoma 5.0
- 2.8 Boley, Oklahoma 5.0
- 3.3 Luther, Oklahoma 5.0
- 4.2 Luther, Oklahoma 5.0
Twitter went crazy with people tweeting about the earthquake they felt in the Oklahoma area.
Red Cross Oklahoma tweeted, “Alright, Oklahoma. Get some rest. We’re here for you if you need us. No matter the hour or how much it shakes. #earthquake” Then later added, “We are not anticipating damage with this #earthquake.”
Even the Oklahoma City Zoo reacted with a tweet, “Well, that was certainly wild. #earthquake”
An official answering the dispatch line for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office says they have received no reports of damage or injuries.
Five earthquakes hit Oklahoma early Tuesday
At least five earthquakes have been felt in Oklahoma early Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the largest was a 4.3 magnitude quake east of Edmond .
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