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Magnitude 4.7 aftershock hits central Oklahoma

November 7, 2011 |  8:29 pm

Yet another attention-grabbing earthquake has hit Oklahoma, the latest a magnitude 4.7 shaker near the town of Prague.

The quake hit at 6:46 p.m. Pacific time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Aftershocks to Saturday’s record 5.6 earthquake have rattled structures and nerves throughout central Oklahoma. Before Monday evening’s quake, Prague experienced a 3.0 quake Sunday and two more — of magnitude 3.3 and 3.4 — earlier Monday. The epicenters for the quakes, and the 4.7 temblor Monday evening, were all about five miles northwest of Prague, the Geological Survey reported.

Prague, a town of about 2,100 settled in the early 1900s by Czech immigrants, is located about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The seismic activity is no surprise. Seismologists had warned residents to expect aftershocks, and at least 17 of magnitude 3 or greater have shaken the state.

Meanwhile, the state which has endured a year of extreme weather, was bracing Monday for storms and tornadoes.


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