2013 felt the most earthquakes in state history, experts say

The state shook more times than ever with 222 earthquakes in 2013 that registered as a 2.5-magnitude quake or more, a record for Oklahoma, said Austin Holland, who is a seismologist who moved to the state to study quakes at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 2009.
by Robert Medley Published: February 17, 2014

Last year had the highest number of earthquakes in state history, scientists said.

The state shook more times than ever with 222 earthquakes in 2013 that registered as a 2.5-magnitude quake or more, a record for Oklahoma, said Austin Holland, who is a seismologist who moved to the state to study quakes at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 2009.

So far in 2014, there have been 63 earthquakes that were 2.5-magnitude or greater already, Holland said.

“The more earthquakes you are going to have the more damaging earthquakes you are going to have,” Holland said.

On Dec. 7, Marty Doepke, general manager of Pops, a State Highway 66 restaurant near Arcadia Lake, heard a boom and felt the ground rumble with a 4.5-magnitude quake that occurred east of the lake four miles northwest of Jones. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant and soda pop store was built to withstand earthquakes, he said. All of the glass bottles on display shelves are glued down, so there was no damage.

“We've certainly felt them a couple of times,' Doepke said. As long as the quakes don't get any bigger, the concrete and steel building should be fine, he said.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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