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5 quakes shake OK

April 18, 2013

This image, taken from the U.S. Geological Survey website, shows the location of five earthquakes in central Oklahoma overnight.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that several earthquakes shook central Oklahoma Tuesday morning.

All of the activity was centered northeast of Oklahoma City, with the strongest of the tremors being a 4.3 magnitude quake near the town of Luther.

A small earthquake of magnitude 3.0 preceded the temblor, and two small tremors with magnitudes of 2.8 and 3.3 rattled nearby within 20 minutes of the initial quake.

According to the USGS, the people in the surrounding areas would have felt light to moderate shaking but it wouldn’t have been felt by people farther distances away. The quakes were shallow.

The USGS says another 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck at about 4:15 a.m. and was centered about 5 miles east-northeast of Luther.

An official answering the dispatch line for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office says they have received no reports of damage or injuries.

To recap, a total of 5 earthquakes occurred Tuesday morning in central Oklahoma. They included: Magnitude 3.0 quake centered about 3 miles SW of Chandler at 1:45 a.m.; magnitude 4.3 quake centered about 7.5 miles NE of Luther at 1:56 a.m.; magnitude 2.8 quake centered about 9 miles NNW of Boley at 2:15 a.m.; magnitude 3.3 quake centered about 4.5 miles E of Luther at 2:16 a.m.; and a magnitude 4.2 quake centered about 5 miles ENE of Luther at 4:15 a.m.

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