It was thunder, not an earthquake

Mar 20, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service office in Tulsa reports receiving several phone calls from residents who mistook a strong clap of thunder for an earthquake.

Meteorologist Pete Snyder says he felt his south Tulsa home shake during the thunder Tuesday morning and that people from across the Tulsa metro area called the weather service to ask if it was an earthquake.

Research seismologist Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey says thunder was recorded at seismic stations across the state during the night. Holland says there were no earthquakes recorded in the state either Monday night or Tuesday morning that would have been large enough to have been felt.