Magnitude 4.8 quake rattles Kansas, Oklahoma
(CNN) — People in Kansas and Oklahoma expected to shiver because of the coming cold wave, but nobody prepared for the shaking caused Wednesday afternoon by an earthquake of magnitude 4.8.
“It moved me and my recliner about eight inches across the floor,” a caller told the Sedgwick County 911 dispatch center, according to CNN affiliate KSN in Wichita, Kansas.
“It shook us pretty good here downtown,” the dispatcher replied.
No injuries or heavy damage were reported, although quakes of that magnitude are capable of causing moderate damage.
The epicenter was 33 miles southwest of Wichita, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website. It was felt in several other states, as far away as Irving, Texas, the USGS said in a tweet.
Callers to KSN told about their earthquake experience.
“The earthquake here in Derby was the largest I have ever felt,” said Bart Chilcott. “The shaking was violent at first and then slowly tapered off after about 30 seconds. What amazed me most was the roaring sound it made.”
CNN affiliate WIBW in Topeka, Kansas, said one caller reported cracked walls in his house. Security video from a liquor store showed shaking bottles, but none falling.