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.
The reason for the increased seismic activity remains under study.
While there has been little or no damage as a result of the earthquakes, their frequency has drawn a lot of attention, said Dr. R. Murali Krishna, an Oklahoma City-based psychiatrist.
“There has been an increased level of anxiety in the community about earthquakes,” Krishna said.
“Many people are wondering what's going to happen. We didn't have them before with this frequency, and it has become a topic of conversation, much more now than before.”
Barbara and Manny Doughty have lived in their home on Shady Tree Place in Edmond for 15 years. They have felt several recent earthquakes, including two that occurred within minutes of each other Thursday.
“The first one was more of a boom, but it wasn't more than a second,” Barbara Doughty recalled Monday while she put up Christmas decorations outside the couple's home.
“It's like you feel the earth move.”
Both admit they've lost count of the earthquakes.
“They've waked us up a couple of times,” Manny said. “We keep coming out to see if the crack in our porch is getting bigger.”
Ousley said the noise reminded her of living in Lawton and hearing the sound of artillery coming from Fort Sill.
“I don't like it because I don't know what's causing it,” she said.
“But they've been going on so long now I knew what it was.”