Damage In Wichita From Weekend Earthquakes

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kenneth Atkinson felt the Saturday morning and Saturday night quakes, but he never imagined his backyard roof falling to the ground.

"The wind and the earthquake had played a big factor in all this going on here. I haven't really checked anything back there 'cause I'm kind of nervous and scared to go back there some more," said Atkinson.

Cracks on the concrete are just some of the damage that people, nearly 180 miles away from the quakes epicenter, woke up to this morning.

Our sister station KOCO in Oklahoma city said they had seen damage like smashed glasses and a chimney that fell through the roof.

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said it was unusual to have both the 4.7 and 5.6 magnitude earthquakes, at 2:12 a.m. and 10:53 p.m., respectively, near Oklahoma City.

"Normal to have a lot of aftershocks, after a big quake. What is kind of unusual is that after the 4.7, it turns out that was a foreshock for this magnitude 5.6," said Paul Caruso, geophysicist for the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

People back in Wichita were surprised to have another sign of mother nature present in the Midwest.

"I thought we had our hands full enough with tornadoes so now we have just another activity of mother nature to look out for. I'm just hoping we don't get anything stronger," said Melissa Haddad, experienced the Saturday night quake.

Some people liked experiencing an earthquake but said they would rather not see it again.

"Having an earthquake here is history but it's still kind of nerve-raking because if you've never been in a situation like that, you just hope for the best," said Atkinson.


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