5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes up Texoma

ARDMORE, OK - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit in Oklahoma Saturday night, the largest in the state's history, but Oklahoma residents were not the only people affected. Tremors from the earthquake were reported to be felt across Texas, Kansas and Arkansas.

Saturday night around 11 p.m. the great state of Oklahoma decided to shake things up, Oklahomans usually prepare for tornadoes, but this time they were unexpectedly hit with an earthquake.

Witness and Ardmore resident Charlotte Lollis said, "My dishes started rattling and the pictures are shaking on the wall you know, I run down the hall to get my granddaughter and she's meeting me and by this time I figure out its an earthquake."

Witness Eddie Clubb said, "We were sitting there at our house watching the football game, the OSU game, and all of a sudden our house just started shaking and I looked up and my TV was moving."

This is not the only earthquake Oklahoma has seen. Earlier Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m. a 4.8 magnitude hit in Prague, OK. The Oklahoman reports this is earthquake number eight for Oklahoma in twenty-four hours.

Up until yesterday, the United States Geological Survey said a 5.5 magnitude earthquake was the most powerful earthquake on Oklahoma record, yesterday's marked 5.6.

It hit around 11 p.m. in Lincoln County, about fifty miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

It was reported the tremor was felt all the way to Wisconsin.

Oklahoma residents said they are used to dealing with the threats of tornadoes, but these recent earthquakes have really rattled their nerves.

"Well this was my first experience and I would definitely not want to live in California I can tell you that," Lollis said.

Witness Mike Baird said, "It was rumbling and we were all the way in Mannsville, OK so it was really kinda neat."

The National Earthquake Information Center said the quake was severe enough to expect some minor structural damage to homes and buildings but not aggressive enough to kill.

Don Blakeman with the USGS said, "In the United States the buildings are built pretty well so you don't expect to have a lot of injuries or any deaths until the earthquakes get up closer to a magnitude 6.0."

Authorities said there has been one minor injury in Lincoln County, but besides that nothing more than just a few startled souls.

So what should we be expecting to see next in Oklahoma? The USGS said more earthquakes.

"Typically what we see is a fairly big quake happens, like what happened last night we have a bunch of these after shocks that continue over weeks or months," Blakeman said. "As time goes by there is less and less of them. A lot of times people think this means a really big one like magnitude 8.0 earthquake is gonna come well probably not we don't typically see that sort of thing."

USGS said we don't need to panic, just take precaution by keeping heavy items off shelves and walls.

They said if the quake lasts more than a few seconds, get under a table to block yourself from falling objects.

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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    I assure you Frac Freaks these quakes were not caused by fracking. You have no fact to back that claim and there is no fracking in the area of the quakes. It appears it's just natural tectonic activity. Sorry to burst your "sky is falling" party. There have been earthquakes in the Sooner state for Decades (many decades.) Maybe Michael Moore fell off a bar stool!
  • by casper Location: usa on Nov 9, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    maybe the man upstairs is mad because of one of his seed bearing plants (weed) is being kept from his children by a bunch of low life money grubbin criminals, oh did i say criminals i ment lawyers,even the govener wont even let the people vote on it,,is that even legal in the united states of america.
  • by high horse on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Removing a little gas from rock a few thousand feet below the surface does not cause nuclear bomb equivalent releases of energy in tectonic plates 3 miles below the surface. We are living on broken plates of rock floating above a swirling ocean of magma and sometimes things bind up and then slip which releases ripples of kinetic energy through the plates. If you live on or near one of these faults, you will feel evidence eventually. Maybe some deity is holding a finger on the plates and decides to let go because of some infraction of moral laws, I don't know. If so, I submit that we look to men dancing in public while wearing bedazzled bras along the Red River as the ultimate cause of our unstable existence. I know that's what I'd do.....
  • by Taters Location: Ardmore on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    It's the fracking frackers. Religious nuts drive me nuts but can be entertaining.
  • by Jordan Rucker Location: Achille ok on Nov 7, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    I don't blame obama or bush I blame the DEVIL
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      by R. Cranium on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to Jordan Rucker
      Obama is the Antichrist.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    Another one felt in Durant around 9pm Mon.
  • by Survivor on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    Just felt another aftershock about 30 minutes ago. Looked at the USGS map, and it showed it to be a 4.7. I didn't feel the one the other night. I was already in bed. This one only lasted a couple of seconds. Felt it make my desk at work move slightly back & forth. If I had been standing, I probably wouldn't have noticed.
  • by RTi on Nov 7, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Spell check must have been slow....
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      by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to RTi
      FYI "Sole" is a word. Spell check would not catch that.
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        by RTi on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to
  • by Really.... on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Those poor people's feet! .......startled soles.
  • by Shaking in Fear Location: under the pews on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    This is proof that we need to go back to teaching the theory of Intelligent Destruction in classrooms. That way, we can decide what upset God this time and try to pass laws against it. Otherwise, those secular seismologists will just leave God out of it entirely.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Shaking in Fear
      Maybe leaving God out of everything is the problem. Get a life, find some meaning! Become part of the solution and quit being part of the problem!
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        by Faithful on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM in reply to
        Good point, Anon. Poseidon can be a real hothead when he feels left out.
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      by R. Cranium on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:36 AM in reply to Shaking in Fear
      I agree but I am relatively certain that God is unhappy with the uslurper in the White House. Yer idea still wouldn't hurt. I'm sick of these so-called "scientists" as well.
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