LANGSTON — A 4-magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake hit just after 11 a.m. with an epicenter three miles south-southwest of Langston and eight miles east of Guthrie. Social media was abuzz after the quake, with reports of shaking in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.
Earthquakes have become increasingly common in Oklahoma in the past few years. Monday’s earthquake had a preliminary depth of three miles, said Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake was felt widely through the central part of the state, including in Oklahoma City, where Mayor Mick Cornett asked via Twitter who felt the quake.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3. The U.S. Geological Survey, however, later reported a magnitude of 4. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.
Oklahoma has had 133 quakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the last 30 days. Geologists say earthquakes in the 2.5- to 3-magnitude range are generally the smallest felt by humans. Damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4. Monday’s quake was the fifth 4-magnitude or higher earthquake measured in Oklahoma since March 30, according to the Geological Survey.
Langston has been the site of several earthquakes over the past few months. Three hit over the weekend, including one that measured as a magnitude 4.
“I thought it was going to shake my house down to the ground,” Charlene Meeks said.
Meeks, CEO of the Langston Chamber of Commerce, said she was digging clothes out of her closet to donate to her church when Sunday’s quake struck shortly before 10 a.m.
“It almost scared me to death,” she said.
Langston Police Chief Jonathan Hallmark said he used to receive calls about the quakes regularly, but they have dropped off over time.
“I think everybody is pretty much used to them now,” he said.