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Central Oklahoma was all shook up earlier this week

USGS Community Internet Intensity mapBy Greg Evans
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Early Tuesday morning, residents all around the Oklahoma City metro were jolted awake thanks to a series of earthquakes in the early morning hours.

According to the United States Geological Survey’s earthquake site earthquake.usgs.gov, the first seismic activity was a 3.0 magnitude quake, which started 5 kilometers west southwest of Chandler at 1:45 a.m. The largest quake came at 1:56 a.m. 12 km east northeast of Luther, when a 4.3 magnitude quake shook the metro.

The other quakes came in at magnitude 2.0, 9 km north northeast of Luther at 2:15 a.m.; magnitude 3.3, 10 km northeast of Luther at 2:16 a.m. and then a magnitude 4.2 quake originated 8 km east northeast of Luther at 5:16 a.m.

The four quakes near Luther originated at a depth of 5.0 km deep and the event near Chandler originated at a depth of 4.9 km deep.

Tuesday’s seismic activity was felt as far north as Wichita, KS and as far south as Lawton. One person near the town of Sparks, OK reported light to moderate damage from the earthquake.

Heidi Koontz with the USGS said the USGS relies on the input of those who felt the quake to help supply information about the event. Koontz said anyone who feels seismic activityeis encouraged to visit the USGS’s ‘Did You Feel It?’ website (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/). On the website, users  will enter their zip code and they will then be asked a series of questions. The questions include items such as: shaking strength, duration, your reaction, any sounds, any swaying of free-hanging objects and whether or not there was any damage to your building.

The USGS then collects that data and is able to correlate it and use it to learn more about the seismic activity

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