Moderate earthquake hits Oklahoma, felt in Kansas

PUBLISHED Thu, September 07, 2017 - 10:41pm EDT
Credit: USGS

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 has struck Oklahoma, with shaking felt in Tulsa and as far away as Wichita in Kansas, seismologists say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)

The earthquake, which struck at about 9:26 p.m. CT on Thursday, was centered near Salt Fork or just north of Enid, about 84 miles north of Oklahoma City. It struck at a depth of 3.1 miles, making it a very shallow earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 3.9.

People from across the region reported feeling Thursday night's earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. Shaking was felt in Tulsa and as far away as Wichita and Arkansas City in Kansas.

One resident in Blackwell, about 24 miles east of the epicenter, described the earthquake as a loud rumble.

Oklahoma and Kansas are regularly hit by small tremors, though in September 2016 a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Pawnee in Oklahoma, causing damage and injuring one person. It was the largest earthquake ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma.

Prior to last year, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Oklahoma was a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague in November 2011, destroying 14 homes and injuring 2 people. That earthquake was felt in at least 17 states across the region.






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