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June 29, 2013

Recent earthquakes are common occurrence, source says

TUTTLE — Grady County residents were shook up a bit following minor earthquakes near Dibble and Tuttle.

The magnitude of the Dibble earthquake measured 2.7 on the Richter scale, occurring around 6:23 p.m. on June 26.

The following day, Tuttle experienced an earthquake reaching a 3.1 magnitude, occurring around 3:30 a.m.

Research Seismologist Austin Holland at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, a state agency for research and public service, said although people were able to feel these particular earthquakes, they are no longer uncommon occurrences in Oklahoma.

“We measure a 2.7 to 2.8 earthquake about everyday somewhere in the state,” Holland said. “Prior to 2009, we would only measure about 30 a year but now there is definitely more activity in Oklahoma.”

Research is currently being conducted, he said, to find the reason behind the increase in tectonic movement.

“These things sometimes happen in cycles,” Holland said, pointing out states that were once hot spots for earthquakes are no longer.

Holland advised all Oklahomans learn proper precautions for earthquakes, as minuscule an issue as they may seem.

“I speak all over the state about earthquake safety each year, I always recommend,” Holland said. “People used to always think that standing in doorframes was a good way to protect yourself but that isn’t recommended anymore but doors like to swing — they become like battering rams. People should really get underneath a sturdy piece of furniture.”

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