by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor
The City Sentinel Online
About 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday (December 29), an earthquake that our Facebook friend Susan McCann described as a “whopper,” rolled through Edmond and to points far beyond.
Shane Jett, a former state representative, said he “felt it at 5:39 a.m. in Tecumseh.”
Sitting at my computer, I did not feel the quake, but my wife told me about it immediately. Ms. Tee Brown wrote she had a similar experience: “Same in my house. Husband felt it but I didn’t.”
By 6:15 a.m., Gene Wallace shared initial reports from the U.S. Geological Survey that the quake registered between 4.1 and 4.7 on the Richter scale. “It was the biggest I have felt [since] the first one I felt in Oak Tree [a residential area, and it] had a flash of light; I am told it knocked out power around Edmond.”
“It was a whopper!,” said Susan McCann, in response to a facebook inquiry from this reporter.
“Things broken that shook off mantle,” said another early riser, Gary F. Barumgartner. He reported that from his residence it felt like “same place last one came from several days ago.” A few moments later he said power was out in parts of Edmond.
Ann Stephenson Camerson said the quake had a “NE Edmond epicenter,” while Robert Hansen deemed it “the biggest quake I’ve ever felt in Edmond.”
Joe Hight, a fellow journalist, said he felt at three aftershocks within about 20 minutes of the original rumble, and Jeff Massey described the initial quake as around three seconds in duration.
Susie Burke Ellegard said it woke up everyone in her family, while Barbara Drew Rupert of Oklahoma City reported, “It woke ujp my son who said it was the biggest he has felt. … We are just south of Lake Hefner.”
Other readers checking in with responses to our query included Dina Jackson Elder and Carrie Chisko Rossow. I appreciate the information.