This morning I woke to the news on my smartphone that an earthquake had hit Oklahoma. According to the MSNBC breaking news alert a 5.6 quake centered near the small town of Sparks, OK in Lincoln County, or about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City. According to the same story, that makes it the largest earthquake ever to strike that area. The biggest one before last night’s quake was 5.5 which struck near El Reno on April 9, 1952.
This one reportedly could be felt throughout Missouri, including in Kansas City, MO (though my parents who live 60 miles south of Kansas City on the Kansas side said they felt nothing). People watching OSU beat Kansas State saw the shaking as the quake hit just minutes after the game ended. The quake also reportedly occurred after several smaller ones early on Saturday. Reports Sunday morning note that the quake was felt as far away as the Chicago metropolitan area.
Fox News reported,
Saturday’s earlier temblor, which hit at 2:12 a.m., woke people and pets as it shook an area that stretched from Texas to Missouri. Its epicenter was 6 miles north of Prague in Lincoln County, in the rolling hills about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City.
A 3.4 magnitude aftershock was reported at 2:27 a.m. from the same location, as well as a 2.7 magnitude aftershock at 2:44 a.m.
Another 4.0 magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the state at 3:39 a.m. Sunday, centered about 36 miles east of Oklahoma City. As daylight emerged Oklahoma authorities were trying to better assess the damages. So far it is known that U.S. Highway 62 buckled and crumbled but authorities are saying no major damage has been found thus far.