Earthquake shakes Broken Arrow

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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:21 am | Updated: 3:06 pm, Wed Oct 13, 2010.

Reports are coming in from a large part of eastern and central Oklahoma of an  earthquake that shook the area about 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, said Steve Piltz, director of the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Piltz said the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting the 5.1 magnitude quake, initially reported as a 4.5 magnitude, was centered six miles east of Norman, Okla., but was felt over a multi-state area. The depth of the quake was reported to be 5km.

A resident of Norman, Kathleen Holt, who lives in mid-town, reported no evident damage to her or neighbors’ homes, but said windows in her home shook and neighbors told her their home's walls made cracking sounds during the event.

The quake was accompanied by a "tremendous, booming noise," Holt said.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude 5.1, making it the second-most powerful in state history.

In a news release, Gov. Brad Henry said today that state authorities are in the process of reviewing state infrastructure in the wake of this morning’s earthquake in Oklahoma.

“Teams are already in the field examining roads, bridges and other state structures to determine if any damage occurred and whether any additional actions are necessary to protect public safety,” said Gov. Henry. “There’s certainly no reason to panic, but we want to err on the side of caution and do everything we can to make sure people and structures are safe.”

The governor’s office has been in contact this morning with emergency management, public safety, state transportation and state building officials to assess the impacts of today’s earthquake.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation already has teams in the field examining roads and bridges, and the Department of Central Services and the Department of Public Safety are reviewing state facilities and buildings for damage. Thus far, no significant damage has been reported.



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