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Oklahoma Earthquakes and Faultlines

Updated on November 7, 2011


OKLAHOMA CITY -- A 4.7-magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma on Monday night (November 7, 2011), the third significant temblor and the 29th overall in the state since Saturday (November 5, 2011).

According to the United States Geological Survey, this earthquake was centered about five miles northwest of Prague and about six miles southeast of Sparks.

Early Saturday, November 5, 2011, a 4.7-magnitude earthquake shook in that general area before a 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook on Saturday night, November 6, 2011. It was the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history.

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Many States within the U.S. have faults, and Oklahoma is no different. But, the faults referred to in this writing cannot be fixed, avoided or regulated by governmental interference. These Oklahoma faults cannot be controlled or altered by man.

On average, Oklahoma has 59 earthquakes each year. Between 1977 and 2005, just a short 29 years, Oklahoma has had 1,701 earthquakes! This is because Oklahoma has faultlines that run through its territory. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the 29 years include 10,592 days, and equate to 58.655 earthquakes per year, with 1 earthquake every 6.227 days.

On January 15, 2010, Oklahoma City and surrounding areas felt yet another tremor. Actually, there were two tremors felt in the area, one at about 9:15 AM (CST) and another just 15 minutes later. The second one was much stronger than the first, causing homes to shutter and vibrate, and contents to rattle and shift.

The U.S. Geological Survey, reported the exact location as 35.57N 97.28W, with a depth of 5.0 kilometers. The earthquake location was 15 miles ENE from Oklahoma City, 25 miles SSE from Guthrie, 25 miles NNE from Norman, and 25 miles NW of Shawnee.

As scary as these two tremors were, we can only speculate and imagine how horrible it must have been for the people of Haiti. The relatively short span of today's earth tremors in Oklahoma, lasting for only about 5 seconds, were nothing compared to what the people of Haiti experienced.

At first, today's earthquake sounded like a muffled boom, but yet seemed to be possess ongoing sound. Being located near (adjacent) to Tinker AFB, booms and vibrations are not uncommon from aircraft traffic and base exercises. At first thought, it appeared (to me) that the roar-like sound was just another AWAC plane taking off, or an F-18 squadron arriving or deploying.

However, quickly it was realized that this was not just another blast from a jet engine. This was something very different. But, it came and went quickly, and people continued with the events of their daily lives.

Then, when the second tremor presented itself, denying ones uneasy feelings was impossible. A sense of fear fleeted through many people's minds, and local 9-1-1 lines began to ring.

You cannot prepare for earthquakes, nor can you prevent structures from becoming pawns in the grasp of the quivering soil. Instinctively, our senses tell us to take shelter, but what shelter is safe? As the rumbling rises up through the crust of the earth, like an insatiable appetite of the earth's core. Being inside a building might not be the best defense.

Many areas around the United States have faults and undesireable environmental traits and weather conditions. No matter where you live, devastating, unexpected, and unusual events can happen. However, the effects from earthquakes, blizzards, or hurricanes are no less insignificant in areas prone to such happenings.

Loss of family, children, and pets are no less painless or uneventful for the ones that live far away. Life is precious, no matter where it resides.

Oklahoma Area Earthquakes

29 earthquakes found. Click on location or map links for more details from the USGS.

Earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater within 150 milesUpdate time = Mon, Nov-07-2011. Get maps and more information at: 5 mi ( 9 km) NW of Prague, OK

Magnitude - Miles to Epicenter - Date and Map

4.7 46 mi ( 74 km) Mon, Nov-07-2011 20:46:57 CST map 2 mi ( 3 km) ESE of Meeker, OK

2.8 40 mi ( 64 km) Mon, Nov-07-2011 07:50:20 CST map 5 mi ( 8 km) WNW of Prague, OK

2.9 44 mi ( 72 km) Mon, Nov-07-2011 02:12:35 CST map 5 mi ( 7 km) WNW of Prague, OK

3.4 46 mi ( 73 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 19:26:31 CST map 5 mi ( 9 km) WNW of Prague, OK

3.3 45 mi ( 72 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 19:17:13 CST map 4 mi ( 7 km) W of Prague, OK

2.9 45 mi ( 73 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 18:03:51 CST map 2 mi ( 4 km) SE of Meeker, OK

3.3 40 mi ( 64 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 12:26:56 CST map 4 mi ( 7 km) S of Sparks, OK

3.7 42 mi ( 68 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 11:52:34 CST map 3 mi ( 4 km) NNW of Meeker, OK

3.9 37 mi ( 60 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 09:07:05 CST map 2 mi ( 3 km) NNE of Meeker, OK

3.2 39 mi ( 62 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 05:20:23 CST map 3 mi ( 6 km) ENE of Meeker, OK

3.0 41 mi ( 66 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 05:16:20 CST map 5 mi ( 8 km) S of Sparks, OK

3.4 42 mi ( 68 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 05:03:52 CST map 3 mi ( 5 km) SSE of Sparks, OK

3.9 44 mi ( 70 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 04:52:35 CST map 2 mi ( 3 km) ENE of Meeker, OK

4.0 40 mi ( 64 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 03:39:57 CST map 2 mi ( 3 km) S of Sparks, OK

3.4 42 mi ( 68 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 03:22:04 CST map 4 mi ( 7 km) NNE of Johnson, OK

2.7 44 mi ( 70 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 02:14:12 CST map 3 mi ( 5 km) N of Meeker, OK

3.2 38 mi ( 61 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 01:32:40 CST map 4 mi ( 7 km) NNE of Meeker, OK

3.8 39 mi ( 63 km) Sun, Nov-06-2011 01:31:10 CDT map 4 mi ( 6 km) N of Prague, OK

3.0 50 mi ( 80 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 23:54:00 CDT map 5 mi ( 8 km) SE of Sparks, OK

3.6 46 mi ( 74 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 23:03:41 CDT map 5 mi ( 8 km) NW of Prague, OK

5.6 46 mi ( 75 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 22:53:10 CDT map 2 mi ( 4 km) SE of Sparks, OK

3.6 44 mi ( 71 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 08:36:30 CDT map 5 mi ( 9 km) NW of Prague, OK

3.4 45 mi ( 73 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 07:42:26 CDT map 6 mi ( 9 km) WNW of Prague, OK

3.3 45 mi ( 72 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 05:24:15 CDT map 2 mi ( 4 km) SE of Sparks, OK

3.3 44 mi ( 72 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 03:12:11 CDT map 5 mi ( 8 km) SE of Sparks, OK

2.7 46 mi ( 73 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 01:50:42 CDT map 4 mi ( 6 km) W of Prague, OK

2.7 46 mi ( 74 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 01:44:34 CDT map 6 mi ( 9 km) N of Prague, OK

3.4 49 mi ( 79 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 01:27:20 CDT map 6 mi ( 9 km) SE of Sparks, OK

4.7 46 mi ( 75 km) Sat, Nov-05-2011 01:12:45 CDT map

29 earthquakes found. Click on location or map links for more details from the USGS.

NOTE: If links to maps do not work, go to and get the full report.

Intensity Map For 5.6 Quake of 11/5/2011

Birds And Bugs Take Flight After Quake

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Nov. 5th, 2011 4.7 Prague Earthquake

KOCO Coverage of Quake


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      5 years ago

      We had a very bad earthquake in 1951 when I was in my first year at Okla University in Norman. qiite a strong one. also hit in OK city.

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      6 years ago

      I realize that we need to find a alternative energy, But this new method of fracking, but I also feel fracking could be opening pandora's box for our children. Everytime humans mess with mother earth, eventually it comes back to bite us. When we crack a tooth we may not need it fixed right away but eventually it will widen and loosen and we cant save the tooth, we loose it.I realize it is a far comparison, but it sets a point. Is or are the oil and gas companies have any other less evasive sources to use rather possibly creating something horriffic in the long or short term for our children of the the future. I see us weakening a solid area of our North American contentient that be the binder of the costal,madrid,faults. If someone can answer my questiions I would really appreciate it. Ican be reached at

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      Pam Valentine 

      7 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      I've lived here in OK for 13 years, and all has seen calm until recently. I was born and raised in Calfornia but haven't been back in years, mostly because quakes terrify me. Seems like it catching up to me! Great article and very informative.

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      Barbara Eisenberg 

      7 years ago from Titusville

      Magnitude 4.7 earthquake reported in Lincoln County

      Another earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 struck near Prague in Lincoln County at 8:47 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

      FROM STAFF REPORTS Oklahoman 0

      Published: November 7, 2011

      PRAGUE — Another earthquake — registered at 4.7 magnitude — was centered in Lincoln County on Monday night, and it could be felt throughout central Oklahoma.

      HOUSE / MARY RENEAU / JOSEPH RENEAU / EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE: Linda Bloomer, left , looks at the mess created in the kitchen of her friend, Mary Reneau, right, after a second earthquake shook the Reneau home. Bloomer and Reneau are in the same Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church in Prague. An eathquake late Saturday night caused extensive damage to the two-story ranch-style home of Joseph and Mary Reneau near the community of Sparks in Lincoln County. Contents inside their home were damaged earlier Saturday when an earthquake struck the same area. The Reneaus have lived in their house for 25 years. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

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      Magnitude 4.7 earthquake reported in Lincoln County The epicenter was about five miles northwest of Prague, or 44 miles east of Oklahoma City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit about 8:47 p.m.

      Lincoln County dispatchers said they've received quite a few calls about the most recent quake, but the only damage reported has been to a home near Prague that already had been damaged by previous temors.

      A quake with a magnitude of 2.8 struck Monday about 7:50 a.m., two miles east-southeast of Meeker in Lincoln County, the survey reported.

      Joe and Mary Reneau's 43-year-old home near Prague was rocked yet again Monday night.

      “It wasn't as bad as even the first one,” Mary Reneau said, referring to the 4.7 quake that struck about 2 a.m. Saturday.

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      7 years ago

      No the ones in oklahoma are usually small scaled on magnitude but happen often the 5.6 was enough to rattle some stuff and crack thimgs like roads an brick houses but everyone is ok thp amd we just had another all tremor a few seconds ago at like 8:50 to 9:00 p.m.

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      7 years ago

      Would like to see your map updated to reflect current US status on earthquake activity. Thank you for your site.

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      7 years ago

      Can't think of any good words to say about an earthquake. My only son lives in Oklahoma and it worries me to know he could be in harms way.

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      7 years ago

      an earth quake scares me and when i experianced one first hand i was terified

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      Brenda Rosson 

      7 years ago

      We live about 16 miles from the epicenter, between Shawnee and Meeker. We felt both the Nov 5 and 6th Oklahoma earthquakes, but the 2nd one about scared the living daylights out of us. It sounded like a train coming through the house and pics,canned goods,etc were flying out of our kitchen cabinets and off shelves in living room. I never heard anything so loud and it's like it started in one end of the house and got increasingly louder as it moved to the room we were in. I've lived in Ok all my life and have never seen a tornado in person, but now have experienced an earthquake. Just thinking that the rapture could have happened even quicker. Be ready!

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      7 years ago

      Felt the aftershocks of the 10:53 p.m. earthquake in Oklahoma, as my husband and I sat on our recliner sofa in Wichita, KS (East side). The sofa began shaking and we looked at each other in dismay. My husband said "I think we just had an earthquake." Our friends in West Wichita, said their bed was shaking.

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      7 years ago

      This latest quake in Spark, OK was NOT felt in Provo, UT.

      Just so you know...

      Perhaps all the gas wells that have been drilled in the last 10 years are coming back to haunt?

      I'm not sure how far north the barnett shale extends but I'm sure it reaches at least into southern OK

      This poor formation has been totally perforated by gas wells as deep as 3 miles and then laterally several more miles.

      Thousands of these holes are all over the place down there.

      Hope you enjoy your pittance of monthly royalty checks for the gas that is hardly even used.

      You may all have unknowingly destroyed your geologic foundation.

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      7 years ago

      I live in Sallisaw and we felt small tremors here heck my entire house shook from the big one in Shaunee and Sparks

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      7 years ago

      I live in holts summit missouri and heard my two freehanging mirrors rattling at the exact time of the 5.6 quake Saturday night. I didnt feel anything but the mirrors assured me this could reach this far.

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      7 years ago

      we feltit in eufaula okla. november 5th and 6th

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      7 years ago

      Yes last night was scary! A 5.6 we felt it 9 miles south west of Lawton, Ok. We learned it was located in Sparks, ok. That's almost 150 to 175 miles away!

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      7 years ago

      Felt it here in St.James Mo.

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      Little in texas 

      7 years ago

      Felt it here in Denton Texas

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      7 years ago

      Having recently moved to another state, I was surprised to hear about the 5.6 quake on Nov 6, 2011. Hope everyone is okay.

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      7 years ago

      5.6 struck central Oklahoma on Nov 6, 2011

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      Barbara Eisenberg 

      9 years ago from Titusville

      Thanks for your comment UC. I wasn't aware of OK's earthquake stats, but I am now!

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      Eric Standridge 

      9 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma

      I remember watching something about this on the discovery channel once a few years back, but the show was talking more about those fault lines around the Mississippi river. I never knew that Oklahoma had so many earthquakes though! That just baffles and astounds me!

      Great article! I can say that now I am enlightened, though no fault of my own. :D

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      Barbara Eisenberg 

      9 years ago from Titusville

      Never felt an earth tremor before, and don't care to again! Thanks for your comment, frogyfish. Stay safe!

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      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Good hub ivori. I felt the second quake,(north OKC) which did seem stronger than the first to all I have spoken to about it. My daughter, on 28th floor of an office building in OKC and her coworkers had their computers and chairs bouncing on the second quake also. FIRST time for us to feel one. Officials keep saying, "No big one in sight." but who knows. Yes, Haiti now is crumbled, but help is rushing there from all over our world. We are thankful here.

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      carolina muscle 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, indeed! One can never know when/where the next one will strike. Great post, Ivori!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you ivori for a very true and interesting hub, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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