We got shakin’ in the barn

Whose barn? What barn? Darn near everybody’s barn in this part of the world. At 10:53 an earthquake tentatively estimated at 5.2 struck, rattling all manner of things and the people sitting near them. (My monitor almost did a half-gainer off the desk.)

The epicenter was between Sparks and Davenport, about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City. The Twitterverse reported rumbles as far away as Fort Worth and Kansas City.

I dutifully turned in a report to the US Geological Survey, though I have to tell you, I had to go back and redo several fields: I was shaking myself for the first few minutes.

Update: USGS now says 5.6.


  1. Tatyana »

    6 November 2011 · 3:39 am

    Here’s an example of a post not written 3 days beforehand. Or was it?
    Then my sympathy is belated, too?

    I do sympathize. Now.

  2. Joan of Argghh! »

    6 November 2011 · 6:22 am

    Isn’t that the second one in like, a month? In OK?

    Crazy, man.

  3. Bill K »

    6 November 2011 · 7:37 am

    You guys are pumpin’ too much oil, that’s the trouble.

  4. KingShamus »

    6 November 2011 · 10:18 am

    Glad your safe, CG.

    Stuff can be replaced. People can’t.

    Stay well.

  5. CGHill »

    6 November 2011 · 10:29 am

    Second quake in the same day, in fact, though this one was quite a bit bigger. (I never noticed the first, a 4.7 or so, which hit about two in the morning.)

    The state is riven with fault lines, perhaps the result of the massive New Madrid quakes in 1811-12. We are not, however, near a plate boundary, so usually we get 2s and 3s at best.

    And no, I didn’t have this post in the can waiting. (Although a reader marveled that I had this up before CNN posted anything about it.)

  6. Tatyana »

    6 November 2011 · 10:31 am

    Check the walls and foundation for cracks. Especially in the middle of spans.
    Quite an unpleasant feeling, isn’t it?

  7. CGHill »

    6 November 2011 · 10:39 am


    I haven’t been outside yet, but I’ve found no new cracks in the interior walls or any other anomalies.

    I’d been through one 5-plus quake before, in southern California. It hit in the middle of the afternoon. Epicenter was farther away, though, so I didn’t get quite as rattled.

  8. Jennifer »

    6 November 2011 · 10:59 am

    it was a good one. We were standing in the kitchen. Everything rattled.

  9. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2011 · 4:26 pm

    I felt it – I was lying in bed but not asleep yet. At first I thought, “Oh damn, are the hypnagogic hallucinations back?” but then I realized I was too awake. I probably wouldn’t have thought “earthquake” if there hadn’t been the previous ones in the news….it was very slight here. People in slab-built houses report more earthquake-related stuff (things knocked off shelves, pictures down) but in my pier-and-beam house, even the precarious stack of books next to my bed was unaffected. I have to say “yay” to the many-years-ago builder of my house.

  10. Kirk »

    7 November 2011 · 5:19 am

    Glad you’re OK, Chaz. We had one on the east coast not long ago that was also unusual for its magnitude. Seems like I’ve read somewhere about these things picking up in frequency and intensity, as a sign of some sort….

  11. rammer »

    7 November 2011 · 9:12 pm

    Glad to hear that the zombies, despite their best efforts, have not broken out of their subterranean prison. Go out to walmart and buy a box of shells for your shotgun, just in case this was a pre-shock for the big one.

    Best wishes old friend.

  12. CGHill »

    7 November 2011 · 9:19 pm

    Only zombies I’ve seen of late have been trying to get their hashtags to trend.

    (Geez, I’ve been on Twitter too long.)

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