Birds woken up by Oklahoma earthquake caught on weather radar

Oklahoma has in recent years been experiencing thousands of small quakes presumed to be connected to oil and gas drilling.

Birds being caught on the weather radar, disturbed by the earthquake

Birds being caught on the weather radar, disturbed by the earthquake Image by Facebook

On Thursday morning at 4:30am local time, a larger quake of 4.7 magnitude hit the area around Cherokee. The quake woke people up and got them out of their beds, but it also woke thousands of other unsuspecting sleepers - birds.

So many birds took to the skies after being frightened out of their sleep that The National Weather Service's Doppler Radar picked up on the event as is visible in their video. Weather radars often pick up on bird migrations, but this is the first time that it's been able to see the direction correlation between a natural event and bird migration.

A recent study showed that Oklahoma has been experiencing 600 times more earthquakes than it normally should be, something that is causing concern in the region.

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