CARMEN, Okla. — Oklahoma Corporation Commission is working to formulate a response to recent, strong earthquakes near Cherokee and Crescent.
"We are working the earthquakes that hit in the Cherokee area this morning," OCC spokesman Matt Skinner said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. "There will be a response, but there's more data we need."
He later said the OCC also is working on its response to the quakes near Crescent, centered at Marshall, and may take some time to formulate the response on both cases.
The largest earthquake of four earthquakes to hit in Alfalfa County Thursday, a 4.7 magnitude, struck at 1:42 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered at Carmen, eight miles southwest of Cherokee and 36 miles west-northwest of Enid. The quake was four miles deep.
Northwest Oklahoma residents reported being frightened by the strong shaking of the temblor.
Martha Robertson, who was awake at 1:42 a.m. in her home in Waukomis, Okla., said the earthquake lasted several minutes.
A Fairview area resident posted a picture of a crack in the drywall of her living room on Facebook.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which was felt across Oklahoma and more than 300 miles away in the Kansas City area.
Another earthquake, a 3.1 magnitude, struck at 3:46 a.m. in the Carmen area, eight miles south-southwest of Cherokee and 34 miles west-northwest of Enid. It was one mile deep.
A 3.7 magnitude quake was recorded at 6:03 a.m. at Carmen, nine miles south-southwest of Cherokee and 35 miles west-northwest of Enid. It was three miles deep.
A 2.8 magnitude temblor occurred at 9:06 a.m. at Carmen, nine miles south-southwest of Cherokee and 35 miles west-northwest of Enid. It was six miles deep.
Two other significant earthquakes were recorded in the state early Thursday.
A 4.0 magnitude temblor occurred at 8:24 a.m. at Marshall, nine miles north of Crescent. It was two miles deep. At 7:25 a.m., a 3.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded at Marshall, seven miles north of Crescent and 27 miles southeast of Enid. It was less than a mile deep.
On Wednesday, a 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 9:34 p.m. at Douglas, 11 miles east of Waukomis and 13 miles east-southeast of Enid. It was three miles deep.
There have been 750 earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater, including 26 measuring a magnitude 4.0 or greater, recorded in the state this year. In 2014, there were 585 quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater, including 15 measuring magnitude 4.0 or greater.