The U.S.Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, reports the quake registered a 4.7 in magnitude and was centered about eight miles southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma.
Reports of people feeling the quake were received from several states. Those reports included the Nebraska communities of Beatrice, Hebron, McCook, Auburn, Nemaha, Lexington and Peru.
Matt Hagemeier, of Beatrice, describes what happened at around 1:40 to 1:45 this morning.
“I was sitting here in the basement and heard a rattling sound coming from outside and then it felt like the whole place was shaking, my apartment complex, like a big gust of wind or maybe even like a small tornado,” Hagemeier says.
The shaking lasted about 15 seconds. Nothing was damaged. Hagemeier says he felt another quake near Auburn, Nebraska, in 2009. It was a minor shake-and-rattle when he was in an upstairs part of the building.
According to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, hundreds of Kansas communities also had residents reporting they felt the quake, including northern area reports from Beattie, Holton, Blue Rapids, Waterville and Clay Center.
Northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas have frequently recorded earthquakes in recent months, which some have traced to the injection of wastewater used in the process of extracting natural gas.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice