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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe dies during surgery

original article can be found HERE

Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe from the Oklahoma City Zoo, was facing a life-threatening birth defect. She underwent surgery at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Tuesday.
By Matt Patterson April 8, 2014
— An Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe that underwent surgery Tuesday for a life-threatening birth defect has died, Oklahoma City Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.

Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe, died Tuesday during an operation to remove a persistent right aortic arch that had resulted in a blood vessel growing around her esophagus. The birth defect prevented her from eating solid foods. The first signs were noticed several months after her birth. Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.
The hours-long operation was considered a long shot, but zoo officials and a team of veterinarians from Oklahoma State University determined it was her only chance to survive.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Magnitude-4 earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

A 4-magnitude earthquake Monday was the fifth 4.0-magnitude or higher earthquake measured in Oklahoma since March 30, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
— A 4-magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake hit just after 11 a.m. with an epicenter three miles south-southwest of Langston and eight miles east of Guthrie. Social media was abuzz after the quake, with reports of shaking in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.
Earthquakes have become increasingly common in Oklahoma in the past few years. Monday’s earthquake had a preliminary depth of three miles, said Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The quake was felt widely through the central part of the state, including in Oklahoma City, where Mayor Mick Cornett asked via Twitter who felt the quake.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3. The U.S. Geological Survey, however, later reported a magnitude of 4. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

Oklahoma has had 133 quakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the last 30 days. Geologists say earthquakes in the 2.5- to 3-magnitude range are generally the smallest felt by humans. Damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4. Monday’s quake was the fifth 4-magnitude or higher earthquake measured in Oklahoma since March 30, according to the Geological Survey.
Langston has been the site of several earthquakes over the past few months. Three hit over the weekend, including one that measured as a magnitude 4.
“I thought it was going to shake my house down to the ground,” Charlene Meeks said.
Meeks, CEO of the Langston Chamber of Commerce, said she was digging clothes out of her closet to donate to her church when Sunday’s quake struck shortly before 10 a.m.
“It almost scared me to death,” she said.
Langston Police Chief Jonathan Hallmark said he used to receive calls about the quakes regularly, but they have dropped off over time.
“I think everybody is pretty much used to them now,” he said.

daniel and i were talking about his choice and direction for life, weve kind of steared him towards a low cost, but high paying  career path, for now. it would get his feet wet anyway (Security) and we were discussing some things about it, like where hed have to go to school, how long the classes were, how much it would cost, etc. and i heard my window rattle that i sit next to, made a comment.
found out later that day, we had had enough of a shake here in midwest city, to do that.