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April 5, 2014

3.8-magnitude quake rattles near Marshall

A Saturday morning earthquake near Marshall rocked houses in northwest Oklahoma and was felt in Enid and throughout the area.

First recorded as a magnitude-4.2 temblor, the U.S. Geological Survey changed the magnitude to 3.8.

The earthquake occurred at 7:42 a.m. 22 miles southeast of Enid and 12 miles north of Crescent.

Kathy Cardin was working at the Cenex station at Earnheart Oil Inc. at Oklahoma 51 and Oklahoma 74.

“It rattled us pretty good,” she said. “It’s kind of loud. It always makes that popping sound right before it.”

She said nothing fell off the walls in the store but her sister, who lives about a mile away, had things shaken off her walls.

Some Enid residents were shaken out of bed.

“Everything on my dressing table rattled,” Lettie Barnes wrote on Facebook.

Cindy Beltrano, a former Enid resident visiting from Florida, felt it south of town.

“House shook once and it was over!” she wrote.

Others in Drummond, Carrier, Helena and Lahoma reported on the Enid News & Eagle Facebook page they felt the quake, and a number of people felt the temblor and heard a loud sound in both Waukomis and Bison.

A magnitude-2.9 earthquake was recorded at 3:58 p.m. Thursday northeast of Helena.

The earthquake was centered 11 miles northeast of Helena in Alfalfa County, roughly between Jet and Nash, according to U.S. Geological Survey. It was recorded at a depth of about 4.3 miles. It was about 21 miles northwest of Enid.

Earlier in the day, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded about 4 miles west of Perry. It happened at 2:30 a.m. and was at a depth of about 2.5 miles.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people. A magnitude 4 can cause moderate damage, a magnitude 5 considerable damage, and a magnitude 6, severe damage. A magnitude 7 earthquake is capable of widespread and heavy damage.

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