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Monday earthquake rocks Lincoln County, damages high school

Lincoln County officials are still filling out reports of earthquake damage after a 4.7-magnitude quake struck Monday night near Prague in central Oklahoma. One of the places hit this time was Meeker Public Schools.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON and ROBERT MEDLEY Published: November 9, 2011

MEEKER — A 4.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Monday night near Prague caused more trouble for Lincoln County homeowners whose properties already sustained damage from two previous strong quakes over the weekend.

Authorities said the cumulative effects of recent earthquakes are starting to show as the latest quake worsens the damage from the one before.

Lincoln County Emergency Manager Joey Wakefield said his office has received reports of 94 homes damaged due to the recent earthquakes. He said Monday night's quake caused cracks in walls and knocked down brick walls that had separated from houses in earlier tremors. “Some people out there are just devastated,” Wakefield said. “We have damages coming up through the county, but the most concentrated area seems to be there near the epicenter.”

Walls on a warehouse were damaged and another abandoned structure was damaged Monday night, officials said.

The latest reported quake had a magnitude of 3.6, reported about 1 p.m. Tuesday near Sparks. No damage was immediately reported as a result of that quake.

Since the earthquakes began, Wakefield said he has slept six hours in three days because he's been visiting damaged homes. The only business damaged in the area was a home-based business, he said.

Damage reported

Monday night's quake brought down ceiling tiles and the metal framework in school classrooms in Meeker when the 8:47 p.m. earthquake rattled the town, Fire Chief Robert Ballard said.

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