Earthquake Causes Damage In Oklahoma, Kansas

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake--the strongest in state history-- hit central Oklahoma, but it's impact was felt all over Kansas.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported from Golden, Colo., on its website that it monitored a 5.6 magnitude quake at 10:53 p.m. local time Saturday, centered about 44 miles east-northeast of Oklahoma City.

A series of 12 aftershocks was reported throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning. The most recent aftershock was a 3.3 magnitude quake, which occurred just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday near Meeker, Okla., according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website.

Authorities have reported a series of quakes on Saturday, including a 4.7 magnitude quake earlier in the day.

CNN reports the quake caused at least three sections of U.S. Route 62 to buckle in Lincoln, County, Oklahoma. Some home damage has been reported.

In Kansas, hundreds of reports are coming in from all over the state. People who contacted KAKE immediately after the earthquake reported seeing cracks in their walls. Others said the shaking caused items to fall in their homes.

Our sister station in Topeka, WIBW, says they also felt the shaking from the quake.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey reports the strongest quake previously reported was magnitude 5.5 on April 9, 1952.

--Comments from people in Kansas;

Danica in Augusta; "We live in Augusta and our entire house shook"

Roland in Salina; "It rattled our big window and rocked the couch a little bit"

Darlene in Sterling; "my rocking chair started rocking and the light started moving"

Julie in Garden Plain; "The house shook like someone was bouncing on a bleacher. The lights swayed....very scary!"

Tim in Hutchinson; "First my legs began to move and then the whole house swayed back and forth seemingly from north to south. I wasn't completely sure until I saw that the handles on my dresser were swinging back and forth and I heard what sounded like a distant rumble."

If you have damage, you can send us a photo. Send it to weatherpictures@kake.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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