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August 27, 2009

Minor earthquake shakes Ada area

ADA, Okla. (AP) — A minor 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattled an area in central Oklahoma.

Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, says the quake hit early Thursday at 3:22 a.m. CDT in an area near Ada and 63 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center the earthquake was located 5 miles northwest of Sasakwa, 9 miles north of Francis and 9 miles west of Spaulding.

Chad Letellier, Pontotoc County Emergency Services director, said he was awakened by Ada Police Central Dispatch personnel early this morning reporting having received a number of 9-1-1 calls from alarmed residents.

“I was surprised at the size of the area affected with it only being a 3.4 earthquake,” Letellier said. “We’ve received reports from Allen to Ada to S. Kerr Lab of people who felt it.”

Asked if the earthquake would have left visible signs at ground zero, Letellier said is isn’t likely.

“If it had been real dry lately we might see cracks, but with the rain we’ve gotten lately it’s not likely you would see anything.”

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