Strong Oklahoma Quake Rattles North Texas

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**UPDATE: The earthquake centered in northeast Oklahoma on Saturday was upgraded to magnitude 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday, making it the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the state.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma rattled homes and shook people in their beds from North Texas to Kansas City this morning. According to the National Weather Service, the quake was felt as far south as Houston.

The quake happened at 7:02 a.m. Saturday in north-central Oklahoma, The United States Geological Survey said. That ties for Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake on record, the first coming in November 2011.

A 3.6M aftershock was reported at 7:58 a.m. according to the US Geological Survey.

Preliminary reports and pictures of damage were beginning to surface on social media Saturday morning.

The quake, centered northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, caused homes to shake and prompted calls to 911 centers across North Texas.

So far no reports of damage or injuries in Texas.

Social media around North Texas immediately lit up with reports of the temblor.

People in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Norman, Oklahoma, also reported feeling the earthquake.

Saturday’s quake was centered about 9 miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma. Earlier this week, the same spot, which is about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, saw a magnitude 3.2 temblor.

Sean Weide in Omaha, Nebraska, told The Associated Press that he’d never been in an earthquake before and thought he was getting dizzy. Weide said he and one of his daughters “heard the building start creaking” and said it “was surreal.”

The Pawnee County emergency management director says no injuries have been reported and no buildings have collapsed following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake that ties a 2011 temblor for the strongest in Oklahoma history. Mark Randell said the Saturday morning quake did cause cracks and damages to city buildings, some of which date to the early 1900s.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says that crews are checking bridges and structures for damage. Fallin tweeted Saturday morning that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is checking bridges in the Pawnee area for damage. Fallin also tweeted that state officials want structural engineers to look at building safety in the wake of the quake, which the U.S. Geological Society happened at 7:02 a.m.

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  1. J. Taylor says:

    Felt the earthquake as far north as here in Des Moines, Iowa – rolling and gentle rocking for about 5-8 seconds at about 7:25am CDT – lived on west coast and recognized immediately that sensation!

  2. Dixie Drake says:

    East Fort Worth,,sitting at kitchen table reading paper,,I began to sway, felt dizzy, looked up, chandelier was moving back and forth..Knew it was a tremor of some sort, but no damage.

  3. cowboy says:

    There are 43 sanctioned (gov)oil and gas leases on federal land. http://thedrillings.com/usa/oklahoma/pawnee-ok117. Lets stop lying to ourselves. We are not only being poisoned but we risk setting off earth shaking catastrophe’s. And all because one corrupt lying dirty industry is making so much money they will not change their ways. Understand this people they also influence our government our country to go to continuous wars indefinitely so they can get more of it and keep making even more money. And all at the risk of every man women and child on this earth. And we even subsidize this possible mass suicide with our hard earned tax dollars.

  4. niketa martin says:

    I felt it this morning i was on my way to haslet about seven ish. I was on the bridge and my car was rocking i thought it was the weirdest thing. i didn’t think i would fell that out here in texas.

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