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Earthquake Rattles Northern Oklahoma Early Friday

19 Feb 2021, 9:16 am

A moderate earthquake may have added an extra jolt to the morning for some residents in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The 4.2 magnitude quake struck just before 8 a.m. CST, about 4 miles west of Manchester, Oklahoma, around 40 miles north of Enid.

The preliminary magnitude of the quake came in around 4.5, before being upgraded to 4.8. Further review by the USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey downgraded the quake to a magnitude of 4.2.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Tulsa, about 125 miles away from the epicenter, felt the earthquake.

Light shaking, as indicated by the USGS map above, was felt in other larger metropolitan areas like Oklahoma City and Wichita. This may have to do with the relatively shallow depth of the quake, about 4.3 miles, or 7 km, below the surface.

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Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues.

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