November 5th, 2011
03:43 AM ET

Minor earthquake jolts central Oklahoma

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook central Oklahoma early Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was centered about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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  1. Tom

    It rumbled here in Midwest City for several seconds. Initially I thought it was thunder when I awoke but soon realized it was an earthquake. Second good shake in the past few weeks!

    November 5, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Im reading some comments from socali people, I dont think they understand that due to the earths compactness in areas away from the pacific coast. A 5.0 in say cali is like a 6.2 in other states. And remember southern cali folks dont know how to handle tornados, hurricanes, snow of any kind, even rain. Yes southern cali folks it actually rains in the summer.imagine that, it rains on the summer.

    November 5, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      A 6.2 earthquake is nearly 20 times bigger than a 5.0. I think you're exaggerating.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      There is a ten fold difference between a 5 fold and a 6 fold, so a 6.2 is 12 times stronger than a 5.0.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      JJ, why is that final 0.2 difference linear? It's all logarithmic. 10^6.2/10^5 = 10^1.2 = 15.85. I just didn't feel the need to be so exact initially.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      I've been in several Cali quakes sine 1990, and they were never anything more than a smooth ride. I was in Seattle for the 2001 quake, which again topped anything I ever felt in Cali...although I was away during the San Fran quake. The OKC shake of last night was a pretty decent and prolonged shake. When it's long enough to wake you and have you shake off the fuzz well enough to process "earthquake...turn on the lights, look and listen to it", then that's pretty decent-sized. It all depends on where the focus and epicenter is located. I imagine this one wasn't too deep or too shallow, but close enough to the metro to feel the way that it felt.

      November 5, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Chandra

      Oh well. Whatever happened to that "in GOD we trust" pledge in US Congress? It is a nation with below par level of understanding of science and environment. Even in India, way back in 1959 when I was in college people knew that earthquakes are caused by seismic disturbance underground, cyclones are caused by a storm that kicked up wind the moisture in the ocean and floods occurs when water from heavy rains choke up drainage system.

      November 5, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • FormerSoCalifornian

      I lived in California most of my life, but now live in the Midwest. I have to laugh how many misconceptions there are about people from California. We don't get snow days or anything of the sort. Calfornians have long hard commutes to/from their jobs. They go when there are fires raging all over the area, riots, earthquakes, floods, etc. We never got the day off unlike our out-of-state offices did all the time. Get over yourselves!

      November 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      You do realize that the so-called misconceptions were born of Californians themselves commenting on articles such as these about how cool, calm, collected, and worry-free they are about things to include earthquakes. Ok. Heard it a million times. I've got it. You don't get to control when that imagery is dominant and when it isn't, s kel.

      November 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      ...not s kel on that last reply. I meant to reply to FormerSoCalifornian. I'm a former Californian as would think I still live there because I can't get agencies like DMV to stop sending me bills looking for money!!!

      November 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hokahey

    "The end is near, repent and send me all your money".

    November 5, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. FelipeBR

    Why is it that a major quake hit beautiful areas like Chile, Peru, etc... and only a minor quake hits Oklahoma?
    Something is very wrong....

    November 5, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sooner in Seminole

      Hey, I've never been to Heaven, but I've been to Oklahoma, so says Elvis and me.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • dicerotops

      Because of plate tectonics? Oklahoma is in the middle of the plate and on older geologic material, therefore receiving less damaging earthquakes. Chile, Peru, etc are closer to plate boundaries. Nature doesn't care about beauty.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sooner in Seminole

      To dicerotops: Hope you are an Oklie as you do us proud with your intellect. I am off to a football game, a gathering of other really high ID's. BOOMER!!!!!

      November 5, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sooner in Seminole

      To dicerotops: Hope you are an Oklie as you do us proud with your intellect. I am off to a football game, a gathering of other really high ID's. BOOMER!!!!!

      Make that IQ's

      November 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DA MAN

      Yea that was probably the most idiotic remark I've ever witnessed! I'm completely speechless on how ignorant you sound...smh

      November 5, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • DA MAN

      Last comment was directed towards Felipe (idiot, ignorant etc...)

      November 5, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joanna

      Why is it that you don't realize Oklahoma is beautiful too? Are you implying that less beautiful geograhical areas deserve to be damaged? Something is very wrong.....

      November 5, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • AlPBundy

      I am sure Felipe only intended this to be a joke not thinking Okies can become this offended so fast. A misplaced joke but please fellow Okies, treat this as it is and don't read more into it.

      Yes, places which are dangerous and out of reach tend to be most beautiful and desirable. Nice places to visit but I would not live there. Especially knowing that a major temblor could within my and my children's life span level my house and entire town.

      November 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlPBundy

      Forgot to mention - nothing noticeable North of Tulsa, probably thought it was a wind gust or something. -Al

      November 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sooner in Seminole

    I woke from a deep sleep with my bed shaking like crazy. I thought something or someone was attacking me. When I was fully awake, I thought of an earthquake but didn't think one would be so strong in Oklahoma.

    November 5, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. upset

    This is regarding FelipeBR's comment. I know those areas are pretty, but I am from Oklahoma and it has it's beauty as well. Everything in life has its own special beauty – so don't knock Oklahoma.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sooner in Seminole

      Right on! There are no sunsets in the world that rival Oklahoma's.

      November 5, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Go Pokes!

    I live in Tulsa, OK and it woke me up around 2:15 AM. Heard the rattling and felt my bed shake.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      We were still up. Sounded like someone on the porch, but the dogs didn't react. Thought maybe it was the wind

      November 5, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lyndell

    I live near Prague. I started making love to my wife at 2:12 am. I rocked her world and fell asleep by 2:16 am. I've got a smile on my face this morning.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Cherokeegirl

      4 minutes? Sooner I guess....

      November 5, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandi

      4 minutes.. the nerve lol!

      November 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sonia

    I was still awake (on the computer), I do not know if this is true but I have heard that there are more earthquakes in Oklahoma than anywhere it is just most of them are so lite that you can't feel them. I was still awake (on the computer) when this paticular earthquake hit, of all the ones I have felt this one was stronger and lasted longer so I figured it had to be closer to where I live here in Choctaw than the others but reading this article I have found out that the earthquake was further away, most of the ones I have felt the epicenter has been around Jones.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • adam3215

      I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Midwest a few years ago and have been using this USGS website to study/record earthquakes. If you click on the "Did you feel it?" button, you can personally record when/where you felt it and can compare your results with others living around your zip code. When you find the coordinates for the quake's epicenter on the USGS's website, copy/paste them onto Google satellite maps for a better look.

      November 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • adam3215

      btw- that Oklahoma earthquake this morning was downgraded to a 3.6. Not to take away from the people who felt it, as Midwest quakes are usually felt at further distances, but preliminary results are often wrong and the media is always quick to publish it.

      November 5, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • adam3215

      sorry, it was a 4.7. i clicked on the wrong one. 😉 Anyway, hope this helps!

      November 5, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. mike sly

    It shook south tulsa pretty hard. i lived in so cal for 50 years. you are ok til the car alarms go off. then look for shelter.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. DD

    Wow its increasingly apparently not a single one of you people no what you are talking about. Hahah

    November 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Sooner in Seminole

      It is apparent you don't know an adverb from an adjective or how to spell.

      November 5, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • DA MAN

      @ DD...It's obvious you know more than everyone else here, so enlighten us on some things about this topic...

      November 5, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. palintwit

    Sarah Palin believes that a tectonic plate is something you put in a dishwasher.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. God does NOT cause EQ's

    His son was just warning of them increasing just like wars, diseases, men marrying men and women being given in marriage, lawlessness, etc etc etc 2,000 years in advance. (If this EQ in Oakland had been a major one, you would have been told after it happened)

    November 5, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Worst Game

    Nowadays, I don't care about sports anymore. Terrified by wars, high unemployment rates, celebrity wages, and athlete wages.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. saw the light

    Oklahoma might be in the middle of tetonic plates but they may want to ask Missourians what happens when those oil drilling companies use fracking to extract it. Any fracking going on in Oklahoma? Anyone see how a block of stone is cut in half by chipping away at its surface in calculated spots? I have for years, stone quarry. Its only just begun..........

    November 5, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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