Oklahoma Quakes Causing Many to be Rattled

Nov 10, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nineteen earthquakes have shaken parts of the metro area over the last seven days, causing little damage but fraying more than a few nerves.

The Oklahoman reports that the largest earthquake had a magnitude of 3.8. Rob Williams, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist in Golden, Colorado says an earthquake of that magnitude is not likely to cause serious damage but is strong enough to do minor damage or knock unsecured items off shelves.

Six of the 19 earthquakes have had a magnitude greater than 3. Transportation officials say crews were dispatched to inspect Oklahoma County highways, roads and bridges but no damage was found.

Williams says the quakes are likely connected to a central Oklahoma swarm of earthquakes that have been occurring since 2009. Its cause remains under study.