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Maintenance workers inspect the damage to one of the spires on Benedictine Hall at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla. on Nov. 6, 2011. Two earthquakes in the area in less than 24 hours caused one of the towers to topple, and damaged the remaining three.
SPARKS, Okla. — Oklahoma residents more accustomed to tornadoes than earthquakes have been shaken by weekend temblors that cracked buildings, buckled a highway and rattled nerves. One quake late Saturday was the state's strongest ever and jolted a college football stadium 50 miles away.
The magnitude 5.6 earthquake was Oklahoma's strongest on record, said Jessica Turner, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Centered near Sparks, 44 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, it could be felt throughout the state and in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, northern Texas and some parts of Illinois and Wisconsin. It followed a magnitude 4.7 quake early Saturday that was felt from Texas to Missouri. Read more ...
Chad Devereaux clears up bricks on Sunday that fell from three sides of his in-laws' home in Sparks, Okla. The weekend earthquakes were among the strongest yet in a state that has seen a dramatic, unexplained increase in seismic activity.
A late-night earthquake rattled homes — and nerves — across Okla. last night. NBC's Lilia Luciano reports.