Prague Residents Share Earthquake Stories


Saturday, November 5th 2011, 6:40 pm
By: News On 6


A 4.8 magnitude quake shook Central Oklahoma. It's the second largest earthquake in state history. Forty aftershocks followed, but only minor property damage has been reported.

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Saturday was breakfast as usual at the Boomerang in Prague, but the conversation was more flavorful than normal.

"When the earthquake came, it knocked some wood off and so my bed was slanted over," Arin West said.

The downtown diner has a few more cracks of character in its walls, thanks to the earthquake.

"We all shook and it woke us up, then the police called and said there's some damage down at the Boomerang. This is kind of the hometown diner, so no one wanted the Boomerang to get hurt," said Cliff Bryant, owner of Boomerang Diner .

You can just barely see the 4.8 earthquake shake this city surveillance camera. The quake struck at 2:12 a.m. along a known fault line, centered six miles north of Prague. It was only three miles deep.

At the downtown beauty shop, we found some colorful stories from some of the 2400 residents.

"I thought big people were like shaking my bed and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what's going on?'" Amber Rice said.

The city manager spent the day assessing the damage. So far, this is the worst damage he's discovered -- cracks in bricks, plaster and sheetrock.

Residents took some pictures, showing what happened inside their homes -- like broken dishes and mirrors.

"It felt like it ran on 30-45 seconds. I don't know if it really did that, but it felt like it lasted a long time," said Jim Greff, Prague City Manager.

The city wants any homeowners or business owners who they haven't spoken with and have damage to their property from the earthquake to call either city hall or the police station so they can document it.