The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2014

Earthquake swarm rattles northwest Oklahoma

Staff reports
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Earthquakes shook some northwest Oklahoma residents awake and surprised others on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

There were 11 earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2.7 to magnitude 4.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“I was in bed doing a crossword puzzle and I felt my bed shake slightly,” Candy Corvin wrote on the Enid News & Eagle Facebook page. “I looked up and saw the tassel from my ceiling fan sway, so I knew we were having one.”

Connie Daniell Collins also reported on Facebook that she woke up to mirrors rattling in her home, and Meredith Cooley Riley, of Enid, said her entire house shook.

“It shook my whole house for what felt like two waves, I’d say about 30-40 seconds (went through two commercials on TV) if not a full minute. But once it stopped I was still shaking,” Riley wrote.

Enid News & Eagle News Editor David Christy felt the 4.3 magnitude quake at 1:51 a.m. in Waukomis.

“I heard an increasingly loud roar, like a really strong wind blowing against the house,” Christy said. “I looked out the back patio doors and there was no wind, and then the windows and doors started rattling and the rafters popped really loud.”

Christy said the earthquake lasted at least 30 seconds.

Other residents felt a temblor shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.

“I felt it probably about 10 seconds,” Crescent Police Department dispatcher Kayla Kinney said.

Kinney felt and heard the earthquake at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sunday.

“I’ve never felt one that big before, but I’ve felt a little one,” said Heaven Sinclair, an employee at a Cenex station in Marshall.

Sinclair said she felt the earthquake around 8:30 or 9 a.m.

The USGS reported the earthquakes were centered north of Crescent and east of Hennessey, about 22 to 25 miles southeast of Enid. Depths ranged from 1.9 to 3.1 miles deep.

Many of the temblors were just south of Marshall.

There were no immediate reports of damage, according to law enforcement officials in Crescent and Hennessey.

The following earthquakes were recorded in chronological order:

• A magnitude 3.5 at 10:55 p.m. Saturday at 13 miles north of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 3.5 quake at 1:37 a.m. Sunday at 13 miles north of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 4.3 quake at 1:51 a.m. Sunday at 13 miles north of Crescent and 24 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 3.3 quake at 1:59 a.m. Sunday at 12 miles north of Crescent and 23 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 3.5 quake at 3:07 a.m. Sunday at 13 miles north of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 3.6 quake at 3:10 a.m. Sunday at 12 miles northwest of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 4.3 quake at 3:42 a.m. Sunday at 12 miles north of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 2.8 quake at 4:06 a.m. Sunday at 9 miles north-northwest of Crescent and 25 miles south-southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 2.7 quake at 4:51 a.m. Sunday at 11 miles east of Hennessey and 23 miles south-southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 3.2 quake at 7:49 a.m. Sunday at 10 miles north of Crescent and 25 miles southeast of Enid.

• A magnitude 4.5 quake at 9:09 a.m. Sunday at 12 miles north-northwest of Crescent and 22 miles southeast of Enid.