4.7 magnitude earthquake recorded overnight

Ponca City Now - November 19, 2015 8:51 am

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday. Two smaller quakes struck the same area hours later.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, the quake happened at 1:42 a.m. and was centered about 8 miles southwest of Cherokee, which is about 80 miles west of Ponca City.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which was felt more than 300 miles away in the Kansas City area.

Two other earthquakes were reported later Thursday: a 3.1-magnitude temblor at 3:46 a.m. and a 3.7-magnitude quake at 6:03 a.m. Both were centered 9 miles south-southwest of Cherokee, which is near the state’s border with Kansas.

National Earthquake Information Center geophysicist Randy Baldwin says Oklahoma has seen more than 20 magnitude 4 quakes this year.

A 3.2 magnitude quake also was recorded near Crescent, Oklahoma, at 7:25 this morning, the seventh earthquake recorded in Oklahoma over the past 24 hours. Others were recorded near Waukomis and Langston.


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