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Oklahoma earthquake: 4.5 earthquake rattles nerves of Oklahoma residents

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An Oklahoma earthquake on Saturday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. rattled the nerves of residents in the northeastern parts of Oklahoma City. "It was like a small train rumbling by. Then my desk and my computer shook for a few minutes," said one resident. The Oklahoma earthquake centered about five miles northwest of Jones. It was felt in Edmond, Norman, Bethany and Oklahoma City, reported NewsOk on Dec. 7, 2013.

USGS reports that the Oklahoma 4.5-magnitude earthquake happened five miles northwest of Jones, seven miles east of Edmond, and 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Infrequent earthquakes occur east of the Rocky Mountains usually as faulting within bedrock that is miles deep. Unlike earthquakes in California, the quakes are typically felt over a much broader region and are less devastating. The strongest earthquake recorded in Oklahoma was a magnitude 5.6 on Nov. 5, 2011.

According to a Wichita Eagle report, Saturday’s tremors were also felt by residents in Wichita and south-central Kansas.

Customers who were at the Pops restaurant in Arcadia, which is located about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, reported that they were quite surprised by the tremor but that they eventually returned to watching the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State football game.

"Viewers of the OU-OSU game could see the camera shaking during the earthquake, which coincided with Oklahoma State attempting and making a field goal."

Keli Cain, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says that no injuries or damages have been reported after Saturday afternoon’s Oklahoma earthquake.

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