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Oklahoma quakes causing many to be rattled

A swarm of 19 earthquakes has hit the Oklahoma City metro-area since Nov. 2. Crews were dispatched to check on Oklahoma County highways, roads and bridges for damage, but no damage was found. The quakes are generating plenty of chatter, however.
BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeeping@opubco.com Modified: November 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: November 9, 2013
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Nineteen earthquakes have shaken parts of the metro area over the last seven days, causing little damage but fraying more than a few nerves.

Road crews were dispatched to inspect Oklahoma County highways, roads and bridges but no damage was found, transportation officials said Friday.

The largest of these quakes had a magnitude of 3.8, not likely to cause serious damage but strong enough to do minor damage or knock unsecured items off shelves, said Rob Williams, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist in Golden, Colo.

Six of the 19 recent earthquakes have had a magnitude greater than 3.

Warren Vieth lives in the Apple Valley neighborhood in far northeast Oklahoma City, near where many of the recent earthquakes have occurred.

He said the 3.8 quake on Monday night was intense.

“Holy Moly. That was one, big, kick-ass quake,”he said. “Felt like a bulldozer hitting the side of the house. I was standing in the kitchen and watched the cabinet doors rattle open and shut.”

Williams said these quakes are likely connected to a central Oklahoma swarm of earthquakes that have been occurring since 2009. The swarm's cause remains under study.

Crews from Oklahoma County, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have examined bridges, roads and highways.

Some of the earthquakes have been centered on or near the Kilpatrick Turnpike, but no damage has been found.

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