Earthquake Watch – ‘Biggest Ever’ Quake – 5.6, Oklahoma

Posted on November 6, 2011


One of the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the state last night as a 5.6 magnitude tremor caused significant damage.

Chimneys collapsed through roofs of homes in Lincoln County – 50 miles from Oklahoma City.

Damage to the Prague library included collapsed air conditioning ducts and a collapsed wall.

Several roadways have buckled, including Highway 62 and other county roads, according to KJRH radio.

The tremor – the biggest of four that shook the centre of the state – rattled a college football stadium 50 miles away and sent shudders through buildings and homes in distant communities and cities.

Emergency authorities had no immediate reports of injuries but one county’s sheriff’s office said it was responding to numerous calls and checking for any damages.

The quake could prove the most powerful on state record if the 5.6 reading reported by the U.S. Geological Survey stands.

The seismic monitoring agency said the quake struck at 10:53 p.m. local time Saturday (0353 GMT) and was centered about 44 mile east-northeast of Oklahoma City. It had initially reported the temblor as a 5.2 magnitude quake.

It said the quake struck near the community of Sparks — in eastern Oklahoma between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The temblor shook the stadium at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater near the end of the school’s football game with Kansas State.

The quake was one of several to rattle the state Saturday, including a magnitude 4.7 earthquake that shook the same area early Saturday.

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