4.4M Northern Oklahoma Earthquake Rattles State

July 22, 2015

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma has shaken the state, with reports of it being felt hundreds of miles away.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the July 20 quake happened at about 3:20 p.m., with the epicenter located about 9 miles east of Cherokee near the Kansas border. People reported feeling the quake in several states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Office said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake was followed about 30 minutes later by a 3.2-magnitude quake about 115 miles away near Pawnee and a 4.0 quake northeast of Cherokee.

The U.S. Geological Survey also recorded five earthquakes in the Enid area ranging from magnitude 3.0 to 3.5 between shortly after midnight until about 6:15 a.m. on July 21.

The strongest Oklahoma earthquake on record is a 5.6 quake centered in Prague in November 2011.

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