Earthquake shakes Kansas, Oklahoma Sunday night

Cushing earthquake damage (Courtesy: NBC)
Cushing earthquake damage (Courtesy: NBC)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook Kansas and Oklahoma Sunday night. The earthquake measured a preliminary 5.3 magnitude according to the USGS, and the epicenter was located near Cushing, Oklahoma.  The magnitude was later upgraded to a 5.0.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. CST. The quake was felt as far away as Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Cushing Police Department reported “quite of bit of damage” from the earthquake but details were not immediately available. The city has a population of about 7,900.

Cushing is home to the Cushing Tank Farm, a massive oil storage facility that’s billed as the world’s largest.

It was the second earthquake felt this week. On Nov. 2, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the same area where a record-setting 5.8 magnitude quake struck two months ago.

Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s sharp increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.

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

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