The Edmond Sun

State News

April 7, 2014

Strong earthquake rattles Logan County

GUTHRIE — Ray Dorwart, owner of Guthrie’s Dorwart Custom Boots, 117 S. Second, said he was in his store working on a sewing machine when he felt the structure shake Monday morning.

Dorwart was on the phone with an out-of-state friend when he heard some tools rattle and felt the wood floor vibrate.

“I said, ‘That’s an earthquake,’” he recalls, noting they joked about Oklahoma being Tornado Alley. He quipped, “We’ve had so many of them recently I think I’m getting used to them.”   

At 11:03 a.m., a 4.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of 2.3 miles located 3.7 miles south-southwest of Langston, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was felt in locations including Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman, Stillwater, Enid, Ada and in the Tulsa area, according to a USGS ShakeMap.

Several other quakes occurred Monday in Oklahoma including a 2.9 magnitude tremor near Langston, a 3.0 magnitude tremor near Pawnee and a 3.5 magnitude tremor near Cherokee.

During recent days, felt earthquakes in Oklahoma include a 4.0 magnitude tremor Sunday in the Langston area, a 3.8 magnitude tremor Saturday in the Crescent area, a 3.5 magnitude tremor Friday in the Langston area, a 3.2 magnitude tremor March 31 in the Chandler area and a 3.0 magnitude tremor Saturday in the Perry area.

Seismologists are continuing to collect data in an effort to better understand the causes of quakes in Oklahoma.

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