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November 5, 2011

BREAKING: Second earthquake in less than 24 hours shakes Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — The United States Geological Survey confirmed a 5.2 magnitude earthquake late Saturday night shortly after the Oklahoma State University football game.

The earthquake occurred at approximately 10:53 p.m. Saturday, according to the USGS, with an epicenter four miles east of Sparks — or approximately 50 miles southeast from Stillwater.

Attempts to reach the USGS and Oklahoma Geological Survey were unsuccessful before deadline.

The earthquake occurred less than 24 hours after a 4.7 earthquake shook central Oklahoma at approximately 2:12 a.m. Saturday near Prague in Lincoln County — approximately 60 miles south of Stillwater.

A 3.4 magnitude aftershock was reported at 2:27 a.m. Saturday from the same location, as well as a 2.7 magnitude aftershock at 2:44 a.m. Saturday.

“Oh, man. I’ve never felt anything like that in my life,” Prague City Police Department dispatcher Claudie Morton told the Tulsa World. “It was the scariest thing. I had a police officer just come in and sit down and all the sudden the walls started shaking and the windows were rattling. It felt like the roof was going to come off the police department.”

Morton said the office was flooded with calls, but no one reported injuries or major damage. She said residents told her that picture frames and mirrors fell from walls and broke, drawers worked loose from dressers and objects tumbled out of cabinets.

“We do have several damaged buildings downtown, but it’s just cracks and things like that,” Morton said. “Nothing is destroyed or anything like that.”

Oklahoma Geological Survey researcher Austin Holland told Oklahoma City television station KOTV that the earthquake and aftershocks occurred on a known fault line.

Residents in Prague and Sparks felt an intense shaking, while farther away, the quake was more of a dull rumble, he said.

“It shakes much more rapidly when you’re closer to it,” he said. “Because it’s a large earthquake, it’s going to rumble for a while.”

Holland said his office received hundreds of emails from people who felt the quake. The messages came from as far as Texas, Missouri and Arkansas, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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