Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oklahoma's largest quake buckles highway; 1 injured - 6th Nov 2011

Crews in central Oklahoma were out early Sunday morning assessing for damage from the largest quake to hit the state since record-keeping began.

The 5.6-magnitude quake struck 4 miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County at 11:53 p.m. ET Saturday.

No major injuries were reported, but the quake caused at least three sections of U.S. Route 62 to buckle, said Aaron Bennett of the Lincoln County 911 and emergency management.

A boulder rolled into a rural county road, blocking it.

Crews also reported some structural damage, including a roof collapse and a damaged ventilation system in a municipal building.

"They're reporting that all the houses look like they've been ransacked," Bennett said of the assessment crews.

At least one person was taken to a hospital in Prague with minor injuries, he said.

The man hit his head against a wall when he tripped and fell while trying to run out of his house, Bennett said.

In Broken Arrow, resident Bubba Fernandez said the earth shook for a full minute when the quake struck.

"It was at least a minute," Fernandez told CNN affiliate KTUL. "Upstairs, my kid's trophy, the piano upstairs, the little tassels on the fan -- it was at least a minute"

Some 200 miles away in Garland, Texas, resident Noel Kennedy said he felt the quake.

"I heard stuff rattling. Mirrors were shaking," he said. Read More