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.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS • April 7, 2014
LANGSTON — 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.
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
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
“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.
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