5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma
CUSHING, OK – Residents in Oklahoma felt the preliminary 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattle their homes Sunday evening. The earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. CST, with the epicenter a couple miles to the west of Cushing, Oklahoma.
Residents as far away as Kansas City and southern Oklahoma were reporting on social media that they felt the quake. The earthquake has caused damage to some structures in Crushing, mostly being confined to the downtown area. City officials are concerned about the downtown buildings, as many of them were built in the early 1900’s. Due to this concern, residents were evacuated, and are being placed in shelters for the evening.
Cushing schools have cancelled classes Monday while officials assess the damage. A few minor injuries have been reported.
Cushing is also home to one of the largest crude oil storage hub in North America. As of this evening, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission says there are no problems that have been reported at the state oil storage terminal.
Tonight’s earthquake is the 5th largest on record, and the only year in Oklahoma recorded history to see three 5.0 magnitude or greater quakes. The largest earthquake on record in Oklahoma was just this year on September 3rd, coming in at at 5.8 magnitude quake.
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