5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma on Friday night, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

The earthquake which hit at 11:24 p.m. was reportedly centered 4.9 miles northwest of Oklahoma’s Prague, which is about 57 miles east of Oklahoma City.

While the USGS said that the earthquake was shallow, hitting at just 1.8 miles deep, KFOR-TV said that residents of Prague as well as those in Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tecumseh said they felt the earthquake shake their cities. People as far as Arkansas also reported feeling the shake caused by the earthquake.

The impact of the earthquake is explainable, given that temblors that hit close to the surface could cause more intense shaking.

Per the Guardian, the initial earthquake on Friday night was followed by up to eight smaller quakes within the next several hours until Saturday morning. The smaller quakes reportedly hit within the magnitude of 2.5 to 3.4.

There have not been reports of major injuries or damage caused by the quakes as at the time of this writing.

The earthquakes come after a report of up to six earthquakes that struck another suburb in Oklahoma City in January. Two of those quakes struck with magnitudes greater than 4.0.

Carney, a central Oklahoma town located about 40 miles northeast of Oklahoma City also got hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 in April, 2023.