Saturday, September 3, 2016
Saline County Feels Oklahoma's 5.6 Earthquake This Morning
An earthquake shook the Dorchester area around 7 a.m. Saturday.
Earlier this morning, the Dorchester Times' social media accounts were filled with comments like:
"That was either an earth quake or some EXTREME vertigo! The dog freaked out so, I'm thinking earth quake."
"Just sitting on my couch, and felt it moving -- my plant was shaking, too. Did anyone else feel it?"
"Omg...I thought I was losing my mind...sitting on the side of my bed and thought I was going to fall over."
According to the USGS, an earthquake with a 5.6 magnitude struck near Pawnee, Oklahoma. Its effects obviously reverberated all the way to southern Nebraska. The earthquake’s epicenter was located eight miles northwest of Pawnee, Okla. -- 73 miles north, northeast of Oklahoma City. It was about four miles deep.
(UPDATE: The AP reports, "An earthquake has rattled a swath of the Great Plains from Nebraska to North Texas. The United States Geological Survey said that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 7:02 a.m. Saturday in north-central Oklahoma. It also tweeted that aftershocks may occur. People in Kansas City, Missouri; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Norman, Oklahoma, all reported feeling the earthquake. Sean Weide in Omaha, Nebraska, said he'd never been in an earthquake before and thought he was getting dizzy.")
Click here to see the latest earthquake reports.
Earlier this year, the Dorchester Times wrote a lengthy story on southeast Nebraska's vulnerability to earthquakes. See the story here.
We wrote: "The Humboldt Fault Zone is a normal fault or series of faults that extends from Nebraska southwestwardly through most of Kansas -- all the way to Oklahoma City. The Humboldt line is close enough to the Dorchester that we would certainly feel the impact of a major quake."
The bottom line is: It can happen here. And it just did, again.