HARRAH — Two early morning earthquakes rattled central Oklahoma, leaving damage Tuesday in downtown Harrah, City Manager Earl Burson said.
Downtown shops at Church Avenue and Main Street have broken plate-glass windows, and minor damage was reported at several other businesses, Burson said. The police station had cabinets overturned, and an air-duct fell out of the ceiling. Pictures fell off the walls at city hall, he said.
Burson said the Tuesday earthquakes caused the most damage in Harrah since earthquakes started being felt in the area more frequently in 2009.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been here, and I’ve been here 10 years,” Burson said.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman reported the first of the two earthquakes northeast of Harrah was a 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 2:19 a.m. The quake’s epicenter was just east of N Pottawatomie County Road and north of Crest Ridge between NE 50 and NE 63.
The second one was a 4.0 magnitude earthquake at 4:08 a.m. It’s epicenter was just east of Pine Crest Road and south of Plum Creek Circle between Britton Road and Wilshire Boulevard.
The quakes were strong enough to knock merchandise off the shelves at an Ace Hardware store along with tiles from the ceiling. Store manager Tony Landrith said the falling paint, cleaner and other items along with the tiles caused the security alarm to go off and the police to respond.
When Landrith arrived at the store after the alarm company called him, he and the police discovered “a little bit of everything on every aisle” had been knocked off, he said.
Employees worked throughout the morning and afternoon to clean up. The store opened two hours late, he said.