Strongest Earthquake in State's History Rattles Oklahoma

November 6, 2011; 2:23 AM ET
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This USGS map shows the epicenter of the 5.6-magnitude earthquake.

Another earthquake rattled Oklahoma on Saturday night, and it is the strongest in the state's history.

Following the record-setting earthquake, Oklahoma will not catch a break from the weather. Severe storms are set to erupt early this week across the state.

After initially reporting that a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma at 10:53 p.m. CT on Saturday, the USGS upgraded the earthquake to a 5.6. The epicenter was 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.

According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the strongest earthquake to shake Oklahoma in history was a 5.5-magnitude quake in Canadian County on April 9, 1952.

Similar to the initial earthquake that hit Oklahoma early Saturday morning, this one was a shallow temblor. It occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles below the earth's surface.

Shallow earthquakes can be felt stronger and over a wider area.

Reports have been flooding into that people felt the quake as far away as Dallas, Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis, Abilene and Lubbock.

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Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Mike Smith, felt the earthquake in Wichita, Kan. He said "there is a report of damage (extent unknown) in Rose Hill, Kan."

Twitter user mmajapandotcom told that fans were shaking and glasses were moving on the shelves in Edmond, Okla.

Paula N., an Facebook Fan from Ponca City, Okla., said that when the earthquake struck "the bed was shaking, the hot water heater was vibrating and rocking side to side, and the cats were all on alert."

"The OU college dorms were shaking like crazy!!" exclaimed Facebook Fan Brian H.

Reports of damage such as chimneys collapsing and roads buckling came out of Oklahoma. The earthquake damaged U.S. 62 in Lincoln County, Okla., according to

With the threat of severe weather early this week, any clean up of damage from the earthquake may be put on hold. Any weakened structures may be at a higher risk of damage from the severe weather.

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