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January 31, 2014

Did you feel it Helena? 3.0 quake shakes area

ENID, Okla. — A magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded near Helena this morning.

U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered four miles east of Helena at 9:52 a.m.

It was measured at a depth of 3.1 miles.

The recent earthquakes in Oklahoma haven’t caused any widespread significant damage, but one quake measuring magnitude 5.6 in 2011 severely damaged parts of the St. Gregory’s University main building in Shawnee.

It was the strongest in recorded state history and has been followed by less powerful — but just as startling — shakes of the Earth.

Here are a few things people can do before, during and after an earthquake, regardless of its strength:

• Consider earthquake insurance.

• Inventory your home and business.

• Visit Ready.gov for more preparation tips.

• During a quake, drop to the ground immediately.

• Take cover under sturdy furniture.

• If you can’t get under something, cover your head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of a building.

• Don’t move until the shaking stops.

• After a quake, make sure the area is safe, then leave.

• Watch for fire and smell for natural gas.

Sources: Oklahoma Insurance Department, Ready.gov

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