The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2014

Quakes rattle Kremlin, Medford

Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Three mid-day earthquakes shook northwest Oklahoma Wednesday.

One, a 3.4-magnitude temblor that originated near Medford, was nearly on par for strongest in the past year for Garfield and surrounding counties.

Earlier reports from Oklahoma Geological Survey suggested the quake could have been a 3.6, which would have it sitting at the top of the local leaderboard. The final magnitude was revised and lowered after analysis, however.

The most powerful earthquake in this region, a 3.6, happened near the Kansas border on Dec. 28.

Judy Fox lives in Kremlin and felt Wednesday’s earthquakes. She said the quakes fit the now-standard type of earthquake in this area, which is mostly just a boom with a little rattle. The first shook her windows just after noon. According to data from the OGS, it measured a magnitude 3 and was centered two and a half miles north of Kremlin. The second, at 1:30 p.m., hit closer to Medford.

“This one was definitely bigger. This one boomed two times and shook longer,” Fox said of the second and more powerful earthquake. “This one was a little unnerving, to be honest. If I wanted to live with these, I’d have stayed in California.”

U.S. Geological Survey distributed its own data Wednesday afternoon. According to the USGS website, the third earthquake, which happened at 1:44 p.m., was listed as 3.2 — slightly higher than OGS’ figures.

The Kremlin area is no stranger to earthquakes. In 2013 alone, there were nine earthquakes rated at or above magnitude 3, which is typically the threshold for reports of people feeling it.

Wednesday’s strongest quake caused Fox’s dog to run back into the house, after it had been outside lying in the sun.

“As soon as this one hit she wanted to come back into the house. And, she’s behind my chair so she’s scared,” Fox said.

Fox didn’t report any damage to her home, but said the booms were enough to rattle her windows. Scientists usually don’t expect damage unless an earthquake exceeds magnitude 4.