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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

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.”

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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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