Magnitude-4.5 earthquake rattles Central Oklahoma

An earthquake that shook the Oklahoma City area Saturday afternoon likely was one of the largest recorded in the state's history, an Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist said Saturday.
by Silas Allen Modified: December 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013
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An earthquake Saturday afternoon that shook the Oklahoma City area likely was one of the largest recorded in the state's history, an Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist said.

The quake occurred at 12:10 p.m. about four miles northwest of Jones, just east of Arcadia Lake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was felt in cities including Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City and Guthrie.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it occurred about 5 miles deep. It was recorded as a magnitude-4.5 earthquake.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey measured it as a stronger, magnitude-4.8 quake.

The largest quake previously recorded in the southern Arcadia Lake area registered at 3.8, said Austin Holland, a geologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

At 1:26 p.m., a magnitude-2.8 aftershock was recorded about 3 miles southeast of Edmond, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Another aftershock, with a magnitude of 3.1, was recorded at 5:58 p.m., about 4 miles east of The Village and 6 miles south of Edmond, the survey reported.

Reports of damage

Keli Cain, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said no reports of injuries or damage from the quake had been received by the agency Saturday afternoon.

Dan Barth, chief information officer for OPUBCO Communications Group, was watching the Bedlam game on television at his Edmond home near Memorial and Coltrane roads, about 5 miles from Jones, when the earthquake rumbled.

Barth said picture frames and Christmas decorations fell off the walls, bathroom cabinets came open, and cups fell out of kitchen cabinets.

“This is the first time we've ever had damage, so it was kind of shocking. It was a mess,” he said. “We were watching the Bedlam game, and we saw our Pistol Pete fall off the wall. I thought, ‘That's not a good sign.'”

At Edmond Wine Shop in Edmond, the quake knocked a framed picture down, knocking a few bottles of whiskey to the floor and breaking them, said John Enterline, assistant manager.

“It wasn't a raining of bottles off the shelves or anything,” he said.

Although Saturday was the first time the shop had seen any earthquake damage, Enterline said the liquor store is a tense place to be during an earthquake. Glass bottles shake and rattle, threatening to fall off the shelves and break, he said.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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