The Oklahoma Earthquake Originating in Prague

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The Oklahoma earthquake that hit central Oklahoma registered as a 4.7 on the Richter scale. This earthquake originated just north of Prague, Czeck Republic at about 2.12 Saturday morning. The original earthquake continued with a series of aftershocks targeting Sparks, Oklahoma, which is just outside of the Lincoln county metro area. These aftershocks continued until after 8:30am when a 3.6 magnitude quake hit the same area. According to NewsOK the earthquake has not caused any serious damage so far. However, The National Weather Service, Norman, Oklahoma, reported on Facebook that the quake could be felt as far as Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas.

The Oklahoma earthquake did not cause power outages but did shake the houses in the area. Less than one month ago, on October 13, Oklahoma was targeted by another earthquake registering a 4.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale. This earthquake caused minor damage. In addition, two people required medical services.

Oklahoma is not particularly noted for having severe earthquakes. According to USGS, the largest Oklahoma earthquake historically documented occurred in 1952. It was felt in El Reno, Oklahoma City, and Ponca City. The quake toppled chimneys and cracked or loosened bricks on buildings. This quake created a 15 meter (16.40 yards) crack in the Oklahoma State Capital Building at the time.

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