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Oklahoma Earthquake Measuring 5.0 Rocks Oil Center

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Residents check out earthquake damage. (Screengrab of Twitter post)

By    |   Monday, 07 Nov 2016 07:51 AM

An Oklahoma earthquake, the fifth largest ever recorded in the state, damaged buildings Sunday evening in the oil center of Cushing, about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa, but no injuries were reported.

The earthquake was originally registered as a 5.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey but was downgraded to a 5.0 after it struck about 7:45 p.m., noted the Tulsa World. Some buildings in downtown Cushing sustained facade damage while others had broken windows.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain told CNN that emergency personnel evacuated at least one senior living complex, taking the residents to a youth center gymnasium in Cushing.

Cushing Public Schools officials canceled classes Monday so damage from the earthquake could be assessed. Power had been restored Monday to residents who lost electricity.

KWTV said pipeline operators at a Cushing oil storage terminal under state jurisdiction reported no immediate problems at the facility after the earthquake.

On Sept. 3, an earthquake in Pawnee County registered a 5.8-magnitude, the largest ever in Oklahoma, said the Tulsa World. Another earthquake in Fairview, in Major County, on Feb. 13, registered at 5.1-magnitude, the fourth strongest ever in the state.

According to Oklahoma Geological Survey, the state has more than 800 earthquakes of 3.0-magnitude or greater in 2015, topping the record of 584 in 2014, 109 in 2013 and 35 in 2012.

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An Oklahoma earthquake, the fifth largest ever recorded in the state, damaged buildings Sunday evening in the oil center of Cushing, about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa, but no injuries were reported.
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