The quake had a magnitude of 5.6, and its epicenter was four miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake hit at 10:53 p.m.
The quake was reportedly felt as far away as Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas.
“There’s a crack going from the closet to the ceiling. I’ve never seen that before. I was in my bedroom grabbing my phone and I happened to notice it,” Moore resident Todd McKinsey said.
McKinsey said he lives near NW 12 and Santa Fe Avenue.
“That’s drywall. It’s totally separated,” he said.
“Earthquake damage in Oklahoma, that’s an anomaly right there,” McKinsey said.
“The picture by the TV fell off the wall, and we jumped up because we thought somebody had hit the house,” Noeh Morales said.
“It was like a roaring noise. I’ve never one that bad over here,” he said.
Morales said he was asleep at his home near SW 69 and Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City.
“It woke me out of a dead sleep. I felt the whole house shaking. I jumped and ran outside to see what was going on,” he said.
The strongest earthquake previously reported was April 9, 1952, in El Reno, according to the geological survey. Its magnitude was 5.50.
Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said no injuries were reported to emergency management officials and she had no reports of major damages.
The Lincoln County sheriff’s office said late Saturday that damage has been reported across the county, but officials still were responding to calls and were not sure of the extent of damage.
The Lincoln County emergency manager reported portions of U.S. 62 have buckled and the chimney on a two-story house collapsed near Prague. A boulder also rolled onto a roadway in the area, the emergency manager told The Tulsa World. Other buildings have been damaged, and further assessments will be made after daylight.
"It was a pretty ornery little earthquake," said Joey Wakefield, Lincoln County's emergency manager.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department reported no injuries or serious damage as of 11:15 p.m.
Earlier Saturday, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake rattled central Oklahoma, causing damage to some homes and businesses in Prague.
“It was very loud,” Lincoln County resident Mary Reneau said. “The big grandfather clock we have stopped at 2:15 a.m. It was bad enough that it stopped that clock. That’s really something. My heart goes out to these people who go through these very big quakes. I couldn’t imagine what that is like.”
The U.S. Geological Survey said the initial quake was centered about six miles north of Prague at 2:12 a.m.
That quake was followed by a series of aftershocks. A 3.4 magnitude aftershock was felt moments later, followed by another 2.7 magnitude aftershock about five miles southeast of Sparks. Sparks is in Lincoln County.
Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Austin Holland said there have%been at least 40 aftershocks recorded since the initial event.
Holland spent Saturday installing several temporary seismic stations in and around Prague. He said the quake was the result of movement along the Seminole Uplift Structure.
“It’s a very complicated fault structure, but it is very prominent in its geological signature,” Holland said.
Holland said the fault has been active since early Feb. 10. He said Lincoln County, where the fault lies, can experience between 10 and 30 quakes per month.
The most intense motion from the quake could be felt in Prague. Holland said that’s no surprise since the epicenter was located near the town.
“You can think of it like throwing a rock in a pond,” he said. “The ripples radiate out from the center and decrease rapidly farther away from the epicenter.”
Reneau was told by Holland the epicenter was almost directly under their two-story brick home, which is about five miles northwest of downtown Prague. Reneau spent Saturday morning cleaning up broken dishes and glass in her kitchen. There also were some cracks in the home’s walls.
Making matters more interesting is the fact the Reneaus recently were informed by their insurance company that their earthquake insurance had been dropped.
She said the family had taken out the insurance several years ago.
Like most residents in town, the quake woke her up.
Elsewhere in town, most residents felt the quake and were certainly talking about it, said Brenda Rohling, who owns Cow Pokes Barbeque restaurant in Prague.
“It’s kind of wicked. I don’t know how to explain it,” she said. “We had one last February that everyone felt but nothing this intense. This was way beyond that. It was unique. People are talking about it.”
Chris Degraffenrid is a manager at the Boomerang Cafe in Prague. He said that building sustained some light damage.
“There are some cracks, some foundation movement but nothing major,” he said.
Degraffenrid said while he actually slept through the quake, “Some of my employees and some of my friends were awake when it happened. I’ve heard that some people have had some broken glass and mirrors, things like that, but nothing too severe.”
Checking for damage
Prague City Manager Jim Greff said authorities still are checking for damage. He said the cracks in the Boomerang Cafe building were easy to spot because that structure had been remodeled recently.
“We know those cracks weren’t there, but there are quite a few cracks in other buildings that we just don’t know how long they’ve been that way or if there are new cracks,” he said. “We’re asking anyone who thinks they may have had some damage to contact us.”
Greff said several books fell off a shelf at the library, along with a picture that fell from the wall.
“We could hear the dishes rattling in the kitchen,” he said. “A lot of people said they heard a boom. I got up after the first one and felt the first aftershock right under my feet.”
Heather Spicer, of Sapulpa, said the quake woke up her son and dog.
“At first I thought an airplane had crashed nearby,” she said.
“But now I believe it was an earthquakebecause the whole house just kept vibrating with what sounded like distant thunder outside.”
Edda Miner, of Norman, said, “Between 2 and 2:30 a.m., east Norman had an earthquake, small, but I could feel it, and the lamp over the table was swinging. Very weird feeling.”
Matt Hoover, of Perkins, was wrapping birthday presents at 2:20 a.m. when he felt the quake. He thought the experience, his first with a quake, was exciting.
“The whole house started to shake and a low rumble could be heard throughout the house,” he said. “It lasted about 20 seconds.”
Contributing: The Tulsa World, The Associated Press, Staff Writers Beth Gollob and Amy Raymond.