Indonesia earthquake felt in Oklahoma

Monday, December 27th 2004, 10:11 am
By: News On 6

The earthquake hit 9,700 miles away, but it was picked up by seismographs near Tulsa. The earthquake was recorded at the Oklahoma Geological Survey office in Leonard.

The earthquake's motion was enough to move a pen a tenth of an inch even this far away.

Chief Geophysicist Jim Lawson says every seismograph in the world would have recorded this one, and it could provide information to help scientists for years to come. “The earth continues to ring like a bell, it will continue for another 10 days or so, and since modern digital equipment existed, there has been no earthquake of this size.”

In Oklahoma, the quakes motion should have been enough to sway tall buildings and create obvious motion in bodies of water - though nothing has been reported.