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April 7, 2014

Earthquake in central part of Oklahoma increases concerns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rocked central Oklahoma on Monday, shaking buildings and leaving residents once again wondering what is causing all the seismic activity.

Earthquakes have become increasingly common in Oklahoma in the past few years. Monday’s earthquake struck just after 11 a.m. and was centered near Langston with a preliminary depth of 3 miles, according to Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The temblor was felt widely through the central part of the state, including in Oklahoma City, where Mayor Mick Cornett asked via Twitter who felt the quake. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3.

The U.S. Geological Survey, however, later reported a 4.0 magnitude. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

Langston has been the site of several earthquakes over the past few months. Three hit over the weekend, including one that the USGS measured as a magnitude 4.0, and two smaller ones struck Monday afternoon.

“I thought it was going to shake my house down to the ground,” Charlene Meeks said.

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