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5.0 Earthquake Hits Central Oklahoma Causing ‘Significant Damage’

Earthquake Rocks Oil Town In Central Oklahoma

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A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck approximately one mile west of the town of Cushing in Oklahoma on Sunday, causing serious structural damage and power outages.

The earthquake centred near one of the world’s key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. Central time and initially stated it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake but lowered that rating to 5.0.

The town of Cushing is a major oil hub dubbed as the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.” It is home to the Cushing Tank Farm, a massive oil storage facility that’s touted as the world’s largest.

Scientists have linked the sharp increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production with the latest 4.5-magnitude tremor centering near the city of Pawnee on November 2.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has reportedly shut down some disposal wells and ordered a reduction in the amount of wastewater disposed of in others.

RT reports:

Despite being a moderate tremor on the Richter scale, the shallow quake resulted in several buildings partly collapsing, also causing a power outage.

There was “quite of bit of damage” from the quake, the Cushing Police Department reported, as cited by AP. There was no immediate information on possible casualties or the number of buildings damaged.

Cushing Fire Department estimated the damage caused by the quake to the town center as “significant.”

A housing development accommodating senior citizens in the town sustained serious damage, according to the state’s emergency management office, News 9 reported.

Speaking at a briefing, local officials did not rule out aftershocks that could result in even more damage, adding that earthquakes have become “normal” events in Cushing.

At the moment, nothing is known about the possible damage to oil terminals, unless it has not been “disclosed,” they said, News 9’s Grant Hermes reported.

All schools in Cushing will be closed for November 7 to carry out damage assessment and ensure the safety of students, Cushing Public School District confirmed.