Strong Oklahoma earthquakes are top story of 2011

TULSA - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahomans felt the earth move in 2011 as the Sooner State was shaken by its strongest earthquake on record, damaging homes and other structures and rattling the nerves of residents near its epicenter.

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake, its 4.7 magnitude foreshock and aftershocks were the state's top news story of 2011 in balloting by members of The Associated Press and the AP's Oklahoma staff.

The crash of a single-engine aircraft that killed Oklahoma State University's head women's basketball coach, an assistant coach and two others was voted the state's No. 2 story in the annual AP poll.

Also making the list were the arrest of a 25-year-old man in the mysterious 2008 shooting deaths of two girls near Weleetka and the election of a new chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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