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Wichita Earthquake

November 6, 2011 by staff 

Wichita Earthquake, An earthquake centered in central Oklahoma rattled Wichita Falls for a few seconds late Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 10:53 p.m. near Sparks, Oklahoma, which is about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The USGS says the quake was shallow, about 3 miles deep. It was initially registered as 5.2 magnitude, but later upgraded to 5.6. It was the latest in a trio of tremors that struck Oklahoma Saturday. The earlier quakes knocked things from walls and shelves, but no major damage was reported.

This latest tremor was felt as far north as Kansas City and south into Texas. Preliminary reports indicate this was the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma’s history.

An emergency manager in Lincoln County near the epicenter said U.S. 62, a highway in the region, had crumbled in places when the quake struck. Other reports in the early hours Sunday were sketchy and mentioned c3acks in some buildings and a chimney toppled.

The quake shook a major college stadium as fans departed just minutes after third-ranked Oklahoma State had beaten No. 17 Kansas State in Stillwater, Okla.

Wichita Falls Police answered a rash of burglar alarm calls in the minutes after the tremor, but it’s unknown if any of those were related to the quake. Authorities in Oklahoma were awaiting daylight to further assess any damage there. No injuries have been reported.

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