- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 6, 2014

A series of small earthquakes rattled Oklahoma residents Saturday in the latest indicator that the state is headed for record seismic activity this year.

According to Reuters, a 3.8 earthquake hit several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. An earthquake recorded at 2.9 magnitude hit the same part of the state north of Oklahoma City around two hours earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Those two were preceded by two more in central Oklahoma early Saturday morning, recorded at 2.6 magnitude and 2.5 magnitude. A 3.0 magnitude tremor struck late Friday night in that area as well, following a 3.4 magnitude hit Friday afternoon, Reuters reported.

“We have already crushed last year’s record for number of earthquakes,” said Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

Last year’s number of sizable earthquakes hit a record 222 in the state. Oklahoma already has recorded 253 such tremors this year.