The Norman Transcript

December 8, 2013

Earthquake shakes state

By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook much of central Oklahoma Saturday afternoon after it struck near Jones, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

The quake was felt in approximately 135 cities after it hit the epicenter around 12:10 p.m., according to the USGS website, including Norman, Oklahoma City, Moore, Noble, Lexington and Slaughterville.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey measured the same event as a 4.8 magnitude earthquake, according to the OGS website.

The Norman fire and police departments and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office all did not receive any reports of damage as of Saturday afternoon.

University of Oklahoma Emergency Manager Lisa Teel said no damage had been reported on campus as of Saturday afternoon.

The strongest earthquake recorded in Oklahoma was a 5.6 magnitude quake on Nov. 6, 2011, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) website.

According to the ODEM website, during an earthquake individuals should drop to the floor, cover under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture and protect head and neck with arms until the shaking stops.

If outside, the website suggests standing in an open area away from underpasses and overpasses, buildings, trees as well as telephone and electrical lines.

If on the road, individuals should drive away from underpasses and overpasses, stop in a safe area and stay in vehicle.

For more information on safety before, during and after an earthquake visit www.ok.gov/OEM.

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