4.2-Magnitude Earthquake Near Guthrie, Oklahoma. Sources: Earthquakes On The Rise In Oklahoma

Guthrie, Okla. — A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Guthrie, Oklahoma on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

In the past few years, earthquakes have become common in the state.

An increase began in 2009, when 20 quakes of 3.0 magnitude or higher occurred, followed by 43 the next year and increasing every year except for 2012.

According to thinkprogress.org, U.S. Geological Survey scientists state that from 1978 until 2008, the average rate of earthquakes registering a magnitude of 3.0 or more was only two per year.

Damage and injury are far more likely with quakes that register 4.0 and higher, the USGS reports.

Just last Sunday, nine earthquakes were recorded, including two that were 3.8 magnitude.

“When they first started happening they were a big deal,” said Althea Peterson, a reporter with Tulsa World who has written about many earthquakes.

KOCO.com reports about a woman named Nancy Frederick.  At Frederick’s home in Oklahoma City, glass shattered as pictures hung on walls fell to the ground.

Frederick said she’s grown used to the constant earthquakes but Tuesday’s quake was the strongest she’s felt. She has even taken out earthquake insurance.

“People are starting to see foundational damage, cracking around door frames,” Peterson told CNN on Tuesday. In Tulsa, the quakes are felt, but barely, like a low rumble. “It’s nothing I ever expected in Oklahoma,” said Peterson.


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