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3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Tishomingo

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TISHOMINGO, OK-- It was a rude awakening for some people in Southern Oklahoma as an earthquake rattled their sleep.

"It just sounded like a sonic boom or an explosion. We're four miles from train tracks in Ravia and I thought maybe the box cars hit each other. I listened to see if everybody in the family was okay and then I rolled over and went back to sleep," Resident Linda Standefer said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.5 magnitude quake hit parts of the area early Monday morning.

"I thought it was an earthquake, I woke up, the room shook, and it was interesting," said Joshua Albert.

"I felt rattling, I heard my windows rattle, I heard my dresser door knobs slapping against each other, and I felt my bed shaking," said resident Michael Burrell.

Dr. Aaron Elmer is Chair of the Science Department at Murray State College. He said earthquakes happen when there's movement deep underground.

"We are floating on basically a lake of molten rock and because we're floating, and you have two rocks that are moving around, when those rocks rub together they kind of sit there for a while and then tension builds up. When that tension lets go, the rocks slip," said Dr. Elmer.

Dr. Elmer said when those subterranean rocks slip,  that causes the ground above to shake.

While he said the area has always been prone to earthquakes, we're apparently feeling more now than normal.

"I think we have always experienced earthquakes periodically. It may be perception, I haven't looked into the data, but it seems like here lately we've been experiencing a few more than usual," said Dr. Elmer.

No injuries were reported.