Earthquakes in Oklahoma — two quakes in one day!

Two separate earthquakes, two separate epicenters…

both on November 5, 2011!

Now when Oklahoma residents plan for emergency, they better prepare for dealing with earthquakes as well as tornadoes.  Seismic activity has been on the rise over recent years in Oklahoma, although most of the quakes are too small to be felt.  The exception to that recent pattern took place on the 5th of November in 2011 when two shakers were most definitely felt by all in the area.

The above NBC news video reports on the 5.6 magnitude earthquake which struck 50 miles outside of Oklahoma City, 4 miles east of Sparks, Oklahoma, at 10:53 p.m. on November 5, 2011.  The 5.6 quake was  felt throughout the midwest as far south as Texas and as far north as Illinois.  Several homes and buildings suffered cracks and minor damage and part of US Highway 62 buckled under the quake.

The 5.6 earthquake followed a previous quake earlier the same day at 3:53 a.m., which measured 4.7 on the Richter Scale.  The first quake hit about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City near Prague, Oklahoma. The epicenters of the two quakes were quite close in proximity as Sparks and Prague are located approximately 10 miles apart.

The 5.6 earthquake is the largest in Oklahoma’s history, breaking the record of a 1952 earthquake which measured 5.5 and occurred approximately 30 miles west of Oklahoma City in El Reno.

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