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Oklahoma Earthquakes Startle Meteorologist During Live On-Air Broadcast

By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 11:48 AM

A handful of Oklahoma earthquakes shook the central part of the state Monday morning, startling residents, including a meteorologist at KOCO-TV who was in the middle of her weather report when one of the tremors struck.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first earthquake — which registered at 3.5-magnitude — shook a location northwest of Spencer, Oklahoma, at 5:31 a.m. local time. The strongest shock came at 5:47 a.m. near Jones, Oklahoma, registering 4.3. The third tremor, registering at 3.0-magnitude, happened at 6:38 a.m., NewsOK.com reported.

The USGS also recorded a fourth tremor in the state, in northern Oklahoma near Edmond, about 7:39 a.m. central time, registering at 2.8.

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The earthquakes had KOCO-TV's Danielle Dozier playing an amateur seismologist during her morning broadcast.

"Whoa! Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry. Is this live on air?" Dozier said as the earthquake rattled the KOCO-TV newsroom. "That was way bigger than what we just felt. That was well over 4.0 magnitude. I can tell you that much right now. Let me finish this forecast and then . . . forgive me. It actually scared me. That's how powerful that one was."

Dozier was correct in describing the tremor that registered at 4.3 magnitude. She later commented about the experience on Twitter.





KOCO-TV colleague Dan Thomas posted that he was impressed at how Dozier maintained her composure while everything shook around her in the newsroom.



Some viewers said they could sympathize with Dozier's predicament of performing on live television when an earthquake hit.



It's not yet clear whether the Oklahoma earthquakes caused any injuries or property damage.




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A handful of Oklahoma earthquakes shook the central part of the state Monday morning, startling residents, including a meteorologist at KOCO-TV who was in the middle of her weather report when one of the tremors struck.
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