One person thought a truck had hit the building. Another thought it was an airplane flying low.
Callers reported a variety of experiences — and fears — after the earthquake hit at 9:06 this morning.
Lori Colbert, who lives near Oklahoma City Community College, said she heard a boom and felt her bed shaking. A neighbor said it made her refrigerator door swing open.
Mandy Roberts said she was sitting at her computer at her home in McLoud.
"The dog went crazy. The window was rattling. One picture fell off the wall," Roberts said.
"It lasted three or four seconds. It was a good one."
"It felt like one of those jets that flies over real low," said Jerry Lewis, 58, of Durant. "But it was stronger than that."
Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey has an office in the National Weather Center in Norman.
"People ran outside," McManus said. "Some people thought it was an explosion."
McManus said they started to evacuate the building but when people saw there was no damage, they started to figure out it was probably an earthquake.
Kyla Busch lives on 160 acres in Canadian County, at 4801 Memorial Road NE.
"My cat and I had just woke up," Busch said. "My cat jumped out of her skin."
Busch said a bedroom window cracked and a bottle on her dresser moved.
"It is really quiet out here and the roof was cracking," Busch said.
Charlie Johnson, director of university relations at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, said there was "a big jolt followed by three or four little shakings."
He said there was no report of damage at the school.
Clyde Hanger, who lives near NW 16 and Meridian in Oklahoma City, said his closet door shook and items fell from shelves at his house.
Ashley Clark, who works for the city of Edmond, was at her doctor's office at SW 89 and Western.
"We thought a truck hit the building," Clark said.