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New quake keeps Meeker residents nervous

An earthquake was reported early Thursday near Meeker. A number of quakes have rattled the area in central Oklahoma since Saturday, leaving residents on edge.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 11, 2011
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Another earthquake has been reported near Meeker, and people continue to fear what might be ahead, the school superintendent said Thursday.


Thursday's quake was recorded as 3.2 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit about 2:35 a.m., four miles east of Meeker.

There have been about a dozen earthquakes in the Meeker area since Saturday.

Lincoln County is one of 20 counties included in a state of emergency declaration by Gov. Mary Fallin due to earthquake damage.

Meeker Schools were closed Tuesday because of ceiling damage from a Monday night quake, said Superintendent Rita Palmer. Cleanup was completed Tuesday and the school reopened Wednesday, despite another earthquake that morning.

A structural engineer inspected all Meeker school buildings Tuesday and said the buildings were fine, she said.

Palmer, who lives east of Meeker, said she has used rubber bands to keep cabinet doors closed. She said a number of people have told her they are not sleeping well.

“It's terrible to have to live like that,” Palmer said.

The area had the largest quake in state history, a 5.6 magnitude quake Saturday night. Damage to structures was reported, but no injuries were noted.

“We're all living in fear,” Palmer said.


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