Tulsa 5.6 Earthquake Under My Desk

I was sitting at my desk when we had a 5.6 magnitude earthquake. I’ve never felt anything like it. It was long, at least a minute I think. My computer was jumping up and down, and it felt like the vibration of a huge boom box right outside my office window. At some point, my front door, which is just outside my office door, sounded like something was coming through it. It was a sound I haven’t heard before. I ran to the bedroom calling my husband, and get this, he was standing by a chest holding my perfume bottles (on a little crystal tray) steady. As I ran to find him, I could hear glass in my sideboard and china cabinet rattle, and our grandfather clock, which hasn’t worked in years, chimed or the pendulums were just in agony and letting me know.

We had several earthquakes early this morning or maybe late last night, that were felt in Tulsa but I slept through them. My sister-in-law did not (she’s from California and has been through a few). At about 2 am today the 4.8 (I see the USGS has changed it to 3.6 4.7)  woke her. This is becoming an unpleasant habit in my area.

The epicenter was at Sparks, Oklahoma, about 1-1/2 hours from my house.

Now I have to think about which door jamb in my house is the safest. I’ll be talking to my insurance agent on Monday. If the 5.6 holds at USGS, this will be the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history.

Linked by William at Pirate’s Cove – thank you!

Linked by my friend Grumpy at Grumpy Opinions.

Linked at A View from the Beach with more info on Oklahoma Quakes – thanks Fritz!

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

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  • jo

    Maggie—so glad y’all are ok. Will pray the worst is over!

  • Glad that you are ok. Hope that the worst is over. My prayers are with you.

  • So glad you are OK, Maggie. It’s not fair. Only us Californians should have to put up with that stuff!

  • You could build a earthquake proof box to run into.. So glad your ok. Your a voice in the wilderness and we need you at your computer pumping out the great info you do.

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  • Wow, I must have slept through it here in Eastern Oklahoma. Glad you guys are okay.

  • Judy

    Maggie, Thanks for the update. I have relatives in Broken Arrow. I emailed them and haven’t heard back. They probably had a lot of shaking going on too.
    I was thinking a few months ago that OK also had a smaller quake – in the 2-3 range. At the time I thought that was strange, but I did read back then that
    it wasn’t just that they didn’t happen often.

  • Hey Maggie, rivers often follow fault lines in the crust. (True.) The Chinese note that great tremblors are associated with great events. (They aren’t, of course. We know today that they’re caused by Glohbal Waaaarming.)

    5.6! Got the t-shirt yet?



  • Welcome to the club! We’re still cleaning up from the Virginia quake a couple months ago (in DC). They just don’t build stuff right if they don’t expect it to be shaken.

    I hope this is not an indication that the New Madrid fault is starting to act up.

  • William Teach

    Whew! Glad you’re OK. Musta been a little shocking.

    Obviously, it was caused by Globull Warming, ya know. Or fracking. Or something. But, definitely not natural. 😉

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  • Welcome to our world, glad you made it through okay. Out here in California, we call that “Earth surfing.” 🙂 USGS still has this as 5.6, so it does look to be the biggest in state history — but only barely. There was a 5.5 in El Reno in 1952. USGS has a page with a good history of OK quakes here: http://is.gd/bMPlbF .

    BTW, finding safety in a door jamb is a myth. See: http://is.gd/ZYrn9r . The best thing to do in a strong quake if you’re indoors is get under a table or desk; the biggest danger you face is from falling/flying stuff. (And if you have things over your bed –knickknacks, bookshelves, &c.– I’d recommend relocating them.)

    Hopefully though, it’ll be another 50 years before Oklahoma has another one this big. 🙂

  • Glad to hear you are safe. We had a lot of smallish earthquakes recently, between 3 and 4.

  • Holy Cow! I am so glad to hear that you are okay. Stay safe and hope there isn’t too much damage.

  • A whole lotta shakin’ goin on here in Tulsa.