Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

Posted at 10:11 PM, Nov 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-06 22:11:29-05

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has shaken central Oklahoma.

   The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. CST, with an epicenter located one mile west of Cushing, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS initially stated it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake but lowered that rating to 5.0.

   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.

   Cushing, which has a population of about 7,900, bills itself 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.

   A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of Oklahoma last week, with an epicenter near Pawnee.

   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.