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Earthquakes Rock Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area

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0  Updated at 2:58 pm, April 16th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — A series of earthquakes hit the Oklahoma City area early Tuesday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey’s website, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area was hit by seven seismic events on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma City area is home to multiple fault lines and is prone to earthquake activity. Multiple quakes in succession are also common in the area.

The first quake, measured at magnitude 3.0, struck southwest of Chandler, Okla., at 2:45 a.m. EST.

The next three tremors occurred within 15 kilometers of Luther, Okla., between 2:56 and 3:17 a.m. EST. The second quake, a magnitude 4.3, was the strongest of the day. It was followed soon after by a pair of earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 2.9 and 3.3.

Three additional quakes hit near Luther between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

People in the Oklahoma City area reported being woken up by the tremors, but there are no reports of structural damage. Officials do expect that the foundations of some buildings will have suffered cracks.

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