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Oklahoma Earthquake Shakes Things Up in Wichita

Oklahoma Earthquake Shakes Things Up in Wichita

If you felt a jolt at around 11 this morning, you aren’t alone. An earthquake centered between Langston and Guthrie, Oklahoma, was reported this morning at 10:57 a.m. The earthquake, measuring 4.4 in magnitude with a depth of five kilometers, was felt in some parts of Wichita. According to earthquaketrack.com, this was the 23rd earthquake felt in Kansas this week, 129th in the past month and the 898th in the past year.

Earthquakes Increase in Central, Eastern U.S.

Earthquake.usgs.gov reports that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. began to spike in the 2009, averaging 99 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or higher for the year. This is a significant increase from the previous yearly average of 21 earthquakes of a 3.0+ magnitude recorded between the years of 1973 and 2008. In 2014, the average had increased to 659. With magnitudes falling between three and four, most of these quakes were large enough to be felt, but were not large enough to cause extensive damage. 

Wichita Earthquakes

Check out these Wichita earthquakes by the numbers. Wichita has felt:

  • 16 3.0+ earthquakes in the past week
  • 83 3.0+ earthquakes in the past month
  • 398 3.0+ earthquakes in the past year.

Did you feel the earthquake this morning?

Let us know in the comments!

Ashley Aulbach


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