Meeting held to calm fears after Oklahoma earthquakes

Authorities in Oklahoma held a meeting Thursday night in Prague to help calm nerves and dispel rumors after the earthquakes last weekend. Officials said no strong earthquakes are likely in the near future, and that authorities are always as prepared as possible for disasters.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: November 11, 2011 at 8:17 am •  Published: November 11, 2011
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There should be no bigger quake coming, said G. Randy Keller, director of the OGS. The magnitude 5.6 quake that struck Saturday night along a known fault line near Prague, the largest quake in Oklahoma's history, was almost certainly the biggest that will be associated with this outbreak, he said.

Minor aftershocks will continue for weeks, but most will not be felt, Keller said. The biggest aftershocks Wednesday and Thursday were two magnitude 3.0 quakes, one near Prague and the other near Meeker, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The big quake Saturday caused damage to numerous homes and other buildings in the area, and so damaged a school in Meeker that it was closed until Thursday, Wakefield said.

Officials: We're ready

Wakefield and other officials reiterated that emergency workers are as ready as they can be for any disaster, including uncommon ones like earthquakes.

“Our procedure was the same for the earthquake as it was for tornadoes, storms, blizzards, floods and heat, and we've had all of that this year,” Wakefield said.

Crews focus on assessing damage and finding people in need of help, as they did Saturday, Wakefield said. Ultimately, the damage was relatively minor compared to other disasters officials have to respond do, though Wakefield said that doesn't make the earthquake very minor for those it did affect.

Contributing: Staff Writer Matt Patterson



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