**UPDATE** Monday, November 7, 2011
Seismologists with the United States Geological Survey have confirmed a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Sparks, OK at at 8:46 p.m. Monday night. This is the third major earthquake to strike the area since Saturday.
This latest earthquake could be felt in parts of Kansas, including Wichita, Salina and as far north as Lawrence. Those who experienced quake say it seemed to less severe than the most recent one on Saturday night.
The first earthquake struck at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning and also registered a magnitude of 4.7. The second quake Saturday night just before 11 p.m., which was felt across Kansas, was recorded as the state's largest ever with a magnitude of 5.6. That quake caused extensive damage to many structures and two people suffered minor injuries.
The area has also experienced several dozens of aftershocks since the initial earthquake Saturday morning. Officials with the USGS say we can expect
USGS officials say aftershocks from these earthquakes are likely to continue for weeks or even months, but they will continue to decrease in intensity.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Nearly 20 aftershocks have been felt since Saturday night's 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma. It was so powerful, most of KAKEland felt it as well.
The earthquake hit at 10:53, near Sparks, Oklahoma, which is about 45 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City.
"The house started shaking, and I walked in, and I thought it was just a big gust of wind, and it kept shaking, and I said that it was probably an aftershock or an earthquake," said Aric Kick, who felt the earthquake in southeast Wichita.
It was the first earthquake Kick and his family experienced. It was a short moment the storm chaser, who has seen countless tornadoes, says made him feel uncomfortable.
"You can run from a tornado, but at the same time, you can feel the wind change the velocity and all that from where it goes still, but in an earthquake, the whole ground shakes, and there's nothing you can really do but stand and take what it has to give," said Kick.
If the epicenter of the quake was in Sparks, how was Kick's family able to feel it nearly 180 miles away? Paul Caruso with the U.S. Geological Survey compares an earthquake to a bell.
"In California, we have a bell that's full of cracks, and so when we get an earthquake there, it's not felt very widely. It's like a thud," said Caruso.
In Kansas, Caruso says the rocks underneath the ground are very old, plus, Kansas has fewer faults underneath the ground, especially compared to California.
"In Oklahoma and Kansas, the rocks are very consolidated, so they transmit that energy really well. When you hit that bell, it rings," said Caruso.
The 'ring' then spreads waves for miles.
That is a feeling not everyone is ready to experience again.
"It was something we've never felt before, and something we never want to feel again, living in Kansas," said Kick.
Geologists are still trying to determine the cause of Saturday's earthquake. They hope to have more information in the coming weeks.
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