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RDR rides out quake in Stillwater - biggest in state history

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Oklahoma is struck by a 5.66 magnitude quake late on 11/5/11. It is the biggest recorded in state history.
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STILLWATER, Okla. – It was a few hours ago, right after the
football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Kansas
State University Wildcats, here in Stillwater, that your Red Dirt Reporter
found himself riding out a 5.6 magnitude earthquake – reportedly the biggest
earthquake to be recorded in Oklahoma state history.

Last night, at 2 a.m., while asleep at home in Oklahoma
City, a smaller but noticeable earthquake woke me up. The sensation of one’s
bed shaking is quite surreal and weird. Turns out the main quake was a 4.7,
followed by 3.4 and 2.7 magnitude aftershocks. And something told me – in light
of all the quakes we’ve been having lately – that we would have another one. For a state not normally associated with earthquakes, folks here - myself included - aren't really sure what to do, especially when you are in a building.

And so when the latest quake hit Stillwater and the surrounding region, I wasn’t all
that surprised. Reportedly, the latest was centered around Prague – the Sparks community,
specifically, in Lincoln County, an area I know well – and caused some damage
in that area, from what I hear.

Standing inside the stadium here at OSU, people seemed
stunned. Not sure what to do. One person suggested getting under a door frame.
But no one moved. Everyone was just trying to keep their balance. It seemed to
last a while, maybe 20 seconds. It’s a lot longer than it seems.

It was all the buzz with Cowboy and Wildcat fans streaming
out of the stadium. It was certainly a bit nerve rattling.

The reports I am hearing is that this was bigger than the
last biggest quake in state history – a 5.5 in El Reno back in 1952.

And now we learn that central Oklahoma has had eight quakes
reported in 24 hours with effects being felt as far away as Illinois.

It was in October 2010 when Red Dirt Report first reported on an earthquake being felt at RDR headquarters.

So, with all our wild weather – tornadoes, wind storms, ice
storms, wildfires – we get earthquakes, now. Wild times we’re living in.

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