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RDR - UPDATE: Earthquake in Central Oklahoma

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By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: October 13, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Did you feel the earth shake at about 9:06 this morning? Well, reports are coming in and it appears that a minor earthquake did roll through the Oklahoma City area this morning. A 4.5 earthquake is what local news reports are saying.

We here at Red Dirt Report, here in mid-Oklahoma City, certainly felt it, noticing that the cats were startled and one fell off a table. What is interesting is that your Red Dirt Reporter has been predicting an earthquake in our area for a couple of weeks. I say that because I have noticed a number of "lost pets" signs tacked on poles. Some time ago I had heard that pets start "disappearing" - as our kitten did a few weeks ago - prior to earthquake activity.

One reader of Red Dirt Report said they were "rockin' and rollin' down in Lindsay," a town in Garvin County about 60 miles south of here. 

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UPDATE (1:48 p.m.): As noted in The Oklahoman( , this morning's earthquake has been upgraded to a magnitude 5.1. This is reportedly the second biggest earthquake to strike the Sooner State in its entire history. It was centered about eight miles southeast of Norman near E. Post Oak Road and 84th Avenue Southeast not far from Lake Thunderbird. Gov. Brad Henry, in a statement, told Oklahomans not to panic and that officials are going to evaluate the integrity of the state's infrastructure.

Readers of Red Dirt Report from Wichita, Kansas to Tulsa and here in the immediate Oklahoma City area have since reported feeling the quake.

My mother, who lives in St. Louis, said she was five years old when the biggest one struck Oklahoma in 1952. They were living in Tulsa when a 5.5 struck the El Reno area. She said my grandmother was "worried about the China dishes getting broken."

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