Earthquake Swarm Hits Central Oklahoma

Apr 16, 2013

Five earthquakes shook parts of central Oklahoma overnight Tuesday, waking residents but not causing any injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a swarm of earthquakes Tuesday in central Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey reports two earthquakes near Luther greater than a 4 magnitude.

The first hit at about 1:45 a.m. and registered as a 4.3. At 5:17 a.m., a 4.2 earthquake was recorded and was strong enough that early morning television news programs in Oklahoma City reported the shaking live on the air.

Other earthquakes were not as strong, ranging from a magnitude 2.8 near Boley and a 3.3 near Luther.

A geophysicist with the USGS says the quakes were shallow, which is common for the area. She also says it is common for several earthquakes or aftershocks to strike during a short period of time. An official answering the dispatch line for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office says they have received no reports of damage or injuries. READ: StateImpact Oklahoma's coverage of earthquakes and the state's energy industry.