5.6 Magnitude Oklahoma Earthquake - Moderate Damage near Epicenter

Closeup of Oklahoma 5.6 earthquake Intensity Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Oklahoma at 10:53 pm (local time) this Saturday, November 5, 2011. The sizable earthquake was 21 miles north-northeast of Shawnee and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) received many reports from residents that were near the epicenter that said the shaking was very strong with moderate damage to some homes and buildings. No major injuries have been reported.

Preceding the 5.6 earthquake was a 4.7 magnitude tremor that the USGS recorded earlier in on Saturday at 2:12 a.m. in the early morning hours. Aftershocks continued into Sunday with a 4.0 magnitude occurring at 3:40 a.m. local time. The recent earthquake activity is localized in one area north of the city of Shawnee.

The 5.6 earthquake set a new record for Oklahoma. The previous record earthquake was at El Reno, Oklahoma on April 9, 1952 with a 5.5 magnitude rating.

By: N Wilson

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