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

Ballard was in a business meeting in Meeker City Hall when the tables moved and the building shook Monday night. City hall and two other structures were damaged there.

“You never know where the next one is going to be,” Ballard said. “We're bracing ourselves the best we can to protect our infrastructure.”

Police responded to Meeker High School after Monday night's quake and noticed tiles hanging from the ceiling. Classes were canceled Tuesday.

District school Superintendent Rita Palmer said she came to the school and took a walk through the building. Inside, she said they found ceiling tiles had fallen in classrooms. Insulation and metal poles also had fallen.

“We had to buy new ceiling tiles and salvaged what we could,” Palmer said.

Overall, the quake rattled tiles and insulation in five classrooms, the library, auditorium and cafeteria. Palmer said a few classrooms in Meeker Elementary School were also damaged and repaired.

Student safety

She said teachers came to school about 10 a.m. Tuesday to help clean. During their lunch break, they discussed how they would handle future earthquakes and drills.

“If it happened while we were in our classroom, we would have our kids get under their desks and cover their heads with their hands,” she said. “We're just going to keep them as safe as we possibly can. We just hope (the earthquakes) go away.”

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