Earthquakes continue to rattle nerves in Oklahoma City metro area

Three earthquakes in a 24-hour period have residents of the northern Oklahoma City metro area on edge.
by Tim Willert Modified: November 12, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 11, 2013

Three earthquakes in a 24-hour period have residents of the northern metro area on edge, with some describing the temblors like bombs.

Pam Ousley was preparing for houseguests about 5:25 p.m. Sunday when a 3.4-magnitude quake jolted her home on Applewood Drive about a mile from the epicenter near Waterloo Road and Interstate 35.

“It was like an explosion,” Ousley recalled Monday.

“We thought maybe it was an explosion, or something hitting the top of the house is what it felt like. It was very loud.”

As loud as it was, Ousley said a magnitude 3.3 earthquake that woke her up about 5:07 a.m. Monday packed a bigger punch. That quake was centered a few miles east of her home.

“I heard another real loud bang,” she said.

“The dishes rattled, and the pictures were all crooked in the house. I felt like it was stronger.”

At 3:15 p.m. Monday, another quake struck, this one near Hispanic Baptist Church at 12800 S Sooner Road.

Pastor Alfaro Orozco was alone and sitting down when he felt the magnitude 3 earthquake.

“It was like a bump, like an explosion kind of a thing,” he said.

“It was short. It was probably five seconds at the most. By the time I got up, that was the end of it.”

Another earthquake was reported Monday night, but it was nowhere near the series of earthquakes from the weekend.

The 3.4 magnitude quake was recorded about 10 p.m. eight miles north, northeast of Enid. That area had its own series of earthquakes about a month ago.

Geologists have said recent earthquakes in the area are related to swarm of temblors that have affected central Oklahoma over the last few years.


by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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