Melody McKenzie said she’s not usually superstitious. But when she saw her kitchen table begin to shake late Saturday, the first thing that popped into her head was the film “Paranormal Activity.”
“Things were moving on their own, and it just reminded me of that movie.”
She wasn’t alone. Many other Lawrence residents across the city said they weren’t sure what they had felt, or even if they had felt anything at all. But the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed it detected a 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 10:53 p.m. centered near Oklahoma City.
Locally, Lawrence police said early today that there were no reports of damage or requests for assistance.
“I’ve been through a lot of things but never an earthquake,” McKenzie said.
Karen Shirk was at her home just north of Lawrence Municipal Airport when the tremor hit.
“The windows were moving back and forth,” Shirk said. “It was kind of unnerving.”
Her sister-in-law, Lawrence native Martha Evans, was in town visiting from Edmond, Okla., about 50 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter.
Evans spoke to her husband back in Oklahoma, who said their house was “really twisting, snapping and popping.”
“We’ve had a few earthquakes in the past few years in Oklahoma,” Evans said. “But feeling it up in Kansas means it must have been much bigger than any we’ve had.”