UPDATE: 4.5 temblor rattles central Oklahoma, felt in Kansas

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattled central Oklahoma Sunday morning and was felt in south-central Kansas. It

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The 4.5 earthquake is one of two that were felt in the south-central Kansas area.

The first happened near Guthrie, Okla. It was a magnitude 4.3 and occurred at 1:51 a.m.; the second happened near the same location and was stronger at 4.5 and happened at 9:09 a.m.

Jesus Moreno lives in north Wichita, he says he was awoken because of the earthquake. According to him, the tremor that many felt this morning lasted 10 seconds.

There has been no substantial damage reported in Kansas as of now. The only report of any damage that KAKE News is aware of was a hairline crack that developed on an interior wall of an apartment complex.


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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled central Oklahoma Sunday morning and was felt in south-central Kansas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the temblor was recorded at 9:09 a.m. about 13 miles north-northwest of Crescent, Okla. That's about 25 miles southeast of Enid.

It's the strongest in a series of quakes since Saturday night. Several people in south-central Kansas reported feeling the shaker before the official USGS report.

The quake was originally listed as a 4.4, but the USGS report has since been revised.


Previous story:

Two magnitude 4.3 quakes, along with several weaker ones, rattled central Oklahoma late Saturday night into Sunday morning. And residents throughout KAKEland report feeling the temblors.

The first quake, a magnitude of 3.5, was recorded just before 11 p.m. Saturday It was centered about 13 miles north of the town of Crescent. At the same location, another 3.5 occurred at 1:37 a.m. Sunday. It was followed by a 4.3 about 15 minutes later and then a 3.3 at 2 a.m.

A 3.5 and a 3.6 were recorded between 3:07 and 3:10 a.m. A second 4.3 followed at 3:42 a.m. They were also centered about 13 miles north of Crescent.

The latest in that area was a 3.2 recorded at 7:49 a.m.

But wait. There's more.

A 2.8 tremor occurred at 4:06 a.m. and a 2.7 at 4:51 a.m. Both were a few miles south and west of the others.

The KAKE newsroom has been inundated with calls since the quakes were felt in south-central Kansas. A KAKE employee reported feeling his apartment shake for a few seconds near downtown Wichita.

We have received reports from across Wichita and portions of Butler County from viewers reporting feeling the earthquake. The USGS has received reports from across Oklahoma and Kansas, including the Kansas City-area.

One Wichita resident reported feeling three tremors at her apartment near Harry and Rock Road.

"I thought nothing of tonight's until I was turning off my hall light and noticed my picture on the wall was crooked," she said in an email to KAKE News.

She then noticed a long crack in her wall, shown in the picture below.

"17 inches long by 7 inches at the bottom," she said. "This most definitely happened tonight. It's by our front door hall and we pass it countless times a day."

We're still not done yet.

Let's go back to Saturday and venture a little further south-southeast to Choctaw. That's on the eastern edge of Oklahoma City, and where at 2.7 tremor was reported at 7:36 a.m. Another of the same magnitude hit at 4:36 p.m. A 3.7 occurred at 10:08 p.m., followed a 2.6 at 12:49 a.m. Sunday.

Several earthquake reports ranging from a 2.7 to a 3.5 were scattered about central Oklahoma from Wednesday through Friday.

You can see all of the reports here. To report whether or not you felt the earthquake to the U.S. Geological Survey, click here. The information can assist the department with better assessment of earthquakes and their impact.

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