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4.5 magnitude quake shakes Wichita late Tuesday night

and Oliver Morrison

Screenshot of an intensity map at website, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
Screenshot of an intensity map at website, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ Courtesy photo

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma shook some residents in the Wichita area late Tuesday night.

Residents in the Delano district, College Hill, Riverside, north, south and northwest Wichita said on Twitter that they felt it.

Kenneth Woodard e-mailed The Eagle and said: “Felt the bed sway back and forth several times... It was pretty shaky! Nothing fell off the shelves.” He said he lives near Edgemoor and 13th.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported on its website that a 4.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:26 p.m. near Pawnee, Okla. Pawnee is about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City. It later upgraded it to a 4.5 magnitude.

According to the geological survey’s site, the quake was felt in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas. Besides Wichita, Kansas towns reporting include: Colwich, Derby, Fort Riley, Salina, Haysville, Pratt, Inman, Overland Park, Lawrence, Hutchinson, Hesston, Pittsburg, Topeka and Kansas City.

Residents who felt the earthquake can report it on this page: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/

Pawnee was also where Oklahoma's largest earthquake on record, a 5.8 magnitude, struck in September.

The Wichita school district's guidelines for protecting our students in the event of an earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold. (Courtesy of Wichita Public Schools)

(Oliver Morrison/The Wichita Eagle)

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