Minor earthquake reported near Lawton

Friday, February 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) _ A small earthquake rumbled through a section of southwest Oklahoma Friday, but did no significant damage.

The quake occurred at 10:07 a.m. CST, had a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 and was centered near Lawton at a depth of 8 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.

``Oh, it shook the house,'' said Joe Maranto, who owns the Meers Store and Restaurant about 20 miles northwest of Lawton. ``It was like a freight train coming and passing you up.''

Maranto's business is located near the Meers earthquake fault, and he keeps a seismograph inside the store. He said people called him after the earthquake and told him pictures fell off walls or knickknacks fell off shelves.

A Lawton police dispatcher said she didn't receive any calls from people reporting the quake.

A quake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people.