TULSA, OKLA. – Measuring at 5.6-magnitude, the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma since 1952 occurred late Saturday evening. More than ten aftershocks were felt up through the following day. For many, such a natural phenomena is a unique experience.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter for the quake was near Prague in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, and was later followed by over ten aftershocks. These effects were felt even as late as Monday evening.
For many students at Oral Roberts University, who are from out of state, the earthquakes over the weekend –both on Friday and Saturday – were their first. For those who did feel the effects, quite a few found the earthquakes to be exciting.
That Saturday evening was unusually quite for the weekend, especially so on the third floor of Wesley Luehring Hall. At least, it was until 10:53 p.m. Each with their own response to the earthquake, five students were asked about their experiences.
When asked where he was during the earthquake, Braden Anderson, 18, explained, “I was in my dorm, on my bed, watching TV and texting my girlfriend.”
“It wasn’t noisy but it was very surreal to see everything shaking,” said Anderson, a freshman. “I was honestly kind of excited because I thought it was kinda sweet.
“I kind of hope we get a bigger one, so I can feel what a bigger one feels like.”
A sophomore engineering major named Rob Kreis, 24, did not feel the earthquakes, but recalls an experience back in Maryland when he was in high school. “It felt like the world was on a washing machine.”
Andrew Stodden, 23, a senior business major was eating off campus with some friends when the earthquake occurred.
“It felt like turbulence on an airplane, but more gentle. Not as sudden,” said Stodden. “I felt fascinated that it was happening. I was actually hoping it’d get worse, to see what it’s like. Toward the end I was kind of concerned, but once it ended I was fine.”
Benjamin Ray, 18, recalled, “I was in my room, on the phone with my parents. And [they] were like, shouldn’t you get under something?”
“The first night I was actually jamming with my friends to dub step so we didn’t feel it.”
“I was right here in my bed,” commented Chris Harris, 23, a senior from Pennsylvania. “The earthquake felt cool. At first I didn’t really notice it. It felt like a funhouse.”
Saturday’s earthquake marks the ninth this year in Oklahoma, not quite half of over twenty recorded back in 2010. Thankfully, there has been no serious damage or injuries due to the most recent quakes.
The exact cause of the Saturday earthquake is still unknown to geologists, however they are ruling out the rumors that oil drills were responsible.