911 lines tied up during earthquake

Seismograph showing Saturday morning earthquake and aftershock. (Kansas Geological Survey)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers are urging people to call them if injuries occur during an earthquake.

According to Elora Forshee, Sedgwick County Emergency Communications and Management Director, the 911 dispatch center received over 60 phone calls in a 10 minute time span on Saturday after the earthquake struck.

Officials said it was a complete saturation of the system and if anyone had a true emergency, they would have had a difficult time getting through to a dispatcher.

Dispatchers urge people to turn to the news, websites, and social media for updates on earthquakes.

Here are some of the following calls 911 received:

911 Earthquake Call 1

911 Earthquake Call 2

You can report earthquakes directly to the United States Geological Survery by clicking here.

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