A pair of earthquakes, just minutes apart, hit Oklahoma Monday afternoon, rattling the nerves of hundreds of nearly a million people across at least five states in the middle of the work day.
The first (4.0) hit at 12:49 CDT near Crescent, Oklahoma, about 40 miles north of Oklahoma City. The second, more powerful (4.5) earthquake came just 23 minutes later and was also centered near Crescent. The second tremor measured a preliminary 4.5-magnitude, according to the USGS. People across at least five states said they felt it: Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas.
According to the USGS database, this is the strongest earthquake in the region since a magnitude-4.9 near Conway Springs, Kansas, on November 12, 2014. While there were no reports of major damage, the second tremor was shallow — less than 2 miles deep — and the reports of people who felt it were flowing into the USGS.
People near the center in Crescent felt the strongest shaking, but the quake also startled people in Tulsa, Norman and downtown Oklahoma City. The USGS said there were reports coming in from southern Kansas, including Wichita. Even people as far as Little Rock, Arkansas, 300 miles away, reported the tremor.
The USGS estimates at least 960,000 people felt some sort of shaking.
This is the second time in a week people in this region felt a shallow earthquake. On Monday, July 20, an estimated 600,000 people felt a 4.4-quake along the Kansas-Oklahoma border. There was no damage.
This is a breaking story and updates will be added as more information becomes available.