Two earthquakes rattled Central Oklahoma today. The first earthquake was felt at 12:49 P.M. near Crescent, Oklahoma, and registered at a magnitude 4.0. Shortly after the first quake, a second one came around 1:12 P.M. which was recorded to be about a 4.5 magnitude. According to the USGS, earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma are not unusual. They are often too small to be felt, but the earthquake activity has gradually increased yearly. For instance, in 2008 there were more than a dozen earthquakes recorded for that year. By 2009 that number climbed to nearly 50. The trend is continuing with these numbers continuing to rise. By 2014, the USGS had recorded a total of 584 for the state of Oklahoma. This summer we've had a few quakes in Alabama but these have been very small ones in Greene County, AL. For the state of Alabama, earthquakes are not uncommon. Most earthquakes that occur in the state are associated with the Southern Appalachian Seismic Zone. You can monitor earthquake activity with the FREE WBRC Weather App. You can download it by searching WBRC in your app store.
Caroline Ritter/Hunter Williams