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Rare Earthquakes Rattle Central Oklahoma

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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.

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  • Rick

    These earth movements are quite rare, look at the one that cracked the Washington monument in D.C. in the same week one hit in Colorado, another hit the Bay area, more to come?

  • http://www.wisdomsteps101.net Kevin Surbaugh

    I agree. The Bible predicts the end days there will be more frequent earthquakes and natural disasters of all kinds. How soon? No one knows. It could be tomorrow or could be 1000 years or maybe another 10,000 years. However, I believe that it is in some ways leading to that one big quake when all the plates will go off at the same time for one massive worldwide earthquake.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Then again, you appear to be in the grip of hysteria and superstition so are probably seeing what you want to see…

  • http://www.wisdomsteps101.net Kevin Surbaugh

    Christopher –
    I don’t think anyone is being hysterical except you. If you don’t believe Biblical prophesy that is fine, there will come a day when you will believe, but it will be to late. Just be respectful of others beliefs and don’t put them down because they believe differently then you.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Kevin, please explain what was hysterical about my remark?

    I’m not respectful of views based on nothing and your views are as much based in reality as astrology is.

    Oh, and it is is “too late”, not “to late”.

  • http://www.wisdomsteps101.net Kevin Surbaugh

    I’s funny how Christians are accused of not being respectful of others. Of not being open minded if you will, when it is others like Mr Rose here that wants Christians to shut up and is blatantly disrespectful of their view, even to the point of saying, “I’m not respectful of views based on nothing and your views are as much based in reality as astrology.
    You can believe what you want, but eventually everyone will know that the God of Heaven is the one true God and that everything that has been prophesied and written in the Bible is true.
    One only needs to look at the facts that natural disasters have become more prevalent, and see what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago to realize that there may be something to the prophesies alone. Proving God is the one true God can be more difficult, but the facts compared to the prophesies are a start. In fact the Bible even called the world a sphere (round) thousands of years before that was discovered to be true to (Isaiah 40:22).

  • Zingzing

    So… All those Christians decided to wait 1500 odd years to read isaiah?

  • Jordan Richardson

    Most Biblical scholars agree that the Isaiah passage Kevin cites has more to do with a vision of the Lord sitting at an “arch” or, as Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says, “used in the same sense as the phrase orbis terrarum by the Latins; not as denoting a sphere, or not as implying that the earth was a globe, but that it was an extended plain surrounded by oceans and mighty waters. The globular form of the earth was then unknown; and the idea is, that God sat above this extended circuit, or circle; and that the vast earth was beneath his feet.”

    That’s the trouble with prophecy and interpreting scripture: original context and language is almost always ignored.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    One only needs to look at the facts that natural disasters have become more prevalent

    No, they haven’t. The fact that there are many more humans to get in the way of natural disasters than at any other time in history, coupled with our enhanced scientific ability to detect them, not to mention more widespread, fast-responding news media to report them, merely gives the illusion that they are more frequent and devastating.

    In fact the Bible even called the world a sphere (round) thousands of years before that was discovered to be true

    Wrong again on two counts. The ancient Greeks, along with numerous other civilizations including the Romans and the early Christians, knew that the Earth was a sphere. The astronomer Eratosthenes even made a reasonably accurate calculation of its size.

    And in fact, Old Testament cosomology has the world as a flat disc – that is what Isaiah is referring to when he speaks of “the circle of the Earth”.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    It’s funny how Kevin Surbaugh wants to be respected whilst blatantly making stuff up or displaying a total inability to think clearly.

    Nobody in this thread accused Christians of not being respectful of others; I didn’t say I want him or Christians in general to shut up.

    Why exactly, when there is zero evidence to support the notion that this deity even exists, let alone that it is the one true god, whatever that means, will everyone “know that the God of Heaven is the one true God and that everything that has been prophesied and written in the Bible is true”?

    Thankfully, others with far more sense than the deliciously dogmatic and superstitious (if utterly lacking in credibility) Mr Surbaugh have already debunked the rest of his jibber jabber above.

  • John Lake

    There are other interpretations, beyond those Biblical. The world moved its axis during the Japanese quake, several months ago. This slight change alters stress points, and has to result in new quakes.
    In addition, we have a new asteroid in our skies, which does produce some gravitational effect on our planet.
    An extreme thing, we have always in our lifetimes had in our solar system an asteroid belt. These circling chunks of rock, which may have at one time been mountains, can be a daily reminder that nothing in the universe is permanent. It is a reminder of how fragile we and our planet are.
    We are fortunate to have the protection of the Creator, but his thoughts are unknowable to us, and it is not for us to criticize his plan.

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    You were doing so well until your last sentence. Way to go on snatching superstition out of the jaws of reason!

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    The world moved its axis during the Japanese quake, several months ago. This slight change alters stress points, and has to result in new quakes.

    And in other news, elephants are grey.

    All earthquakes cause the Earth to shift on its axis, however slightly – an effect described by Newton’s Third Law – and all earthquakes alter stress points along fault lines. Trying to extract some sort of omen from the Japan quake – which was immense but by no means unique – is no less flailing in the dark than Kevin’s attempt to link the temblors in Oklahoma to biblical prophecy.

  • http://www.wisdomsteps101.net Kevin Surbaugh

    Dr Dreadful –
    You give me to much credit….it was Rick who said “Rick
    These earth movements are quite rare, look at the one that cracked the Washington monument in D.C. in the same week one hit in Colorado, another hit the Bay area, more to come?

    I simply agreed with him, and in no way mentioned prophecy or a possibility of more in the article itself.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Don’t be disingenuous, Kev. Rick said nothing about prophecy: you did. Whether it was in the article or the comments is irrelevant.

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