A different kind of Oklahoma boom
That was not an explosion that woke people up in Edmond-north Oklahoma City-Guthrie and environs the other day. As strange as it might have sounded, it was an earthquake.
Did you feel it? Didja? Huh? Early-early Wednesday morning? Or have Oklahoma's little earthquakes become so common you sleep right through them?
Not me. I could probably get used to sleeping with a John Deere 9630 firing up in the next room every hour — if it fired up every hour. But let one little noise occur out of the ordinary and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, as Frosty the Snowman says when he comes alive: I am UP and at 'em.
So there I was, UP, heart racing, at 1:54:45 a.m. Wednesday, and at 'em by 2 a.m. sharp — online, looking to see if what I'd just heard and felt was an earthquake, after making passes through all the rooms to make sure all furniture and other items were in their places and all domestic livestock secure.
I know it was 1:54:45 a.m. thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey. The data on the quake wasn't posted by 2 a.m.; it does take time. But it was up in a few hours.
Add near immediate earthquake data to the wonders at our fingertips, which I know is old news — but I stumbled across something I hadn't noticed the last few times I went searching for info after a particular quakelet.
First, the details:
• Magnitude: 2.4.
• Date-Time: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:54:45 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), 01:54:45 a.m. at epicenter.
• Location: 35.752°N, 97.494°W.
• Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles).
• Region: Oklahoma.