Oklahoma Earthquake Magnitude-4.5 Shakes State

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For anyone that lives in an earthquake zone knows, when that ground starts rocking and rolling, it can be terrifying. The feeling of nowhere to go to escape - can be overwhelming. But, when Central Oklahoma experienced a 4.5 magnitude earthquake, after their initial shock, they simply continued on with their day - and watching the in-state college rivalry football game.

The earthquake epicenter near Arcadia is about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and was about 5 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was followed by many smaller quakes and tremors. The biggest was a magnitude-2.8 earthquake about 10 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and a magnitude-3.1 tremor about 6 miles northeast of the city.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said no injuries or damage were reported from any of the quakes.

People in a local hangout right in the heart of the epicenter of Arcadia, Pop's, stopped to assess how bad it was going to be, but then went on with their drinks and meals... and football.

Pops Restaurant in Arcadia manager, Marty Doepke said there was no damage at the restaurant, surprisingly, because they are famous for their 600 different type of soda selection, and there are hundreds of soda bottles on display.

"It shook a bit, that's for sure. Everybody just kind of stopped and looked around," Doepke said. "Everybody almost automatically knew what it was and then went back to watching the Bedlam game" -- the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma football game.

Oklahoma residents are as used to earthquakes as people can be - because earthquakes are so common. The state is filled with fault lines that generate a lot of earthquakes, some small, some strong. But after decades of living with earthquakes in this region, people have become, well, kind of used to them.

Wonder how they fared when the biggest one hit, the biggest at least - that they'd seen - a 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011. Although not as rough going as earthquakes that Californian's endure, or in other parts of the world, but strong enough to rattle some bones.

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