Oklahoma earthquake: Quake felt in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas

PUBLISHED Sat, September 03, 2016 - 8:53am EDT

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has struck near Pawnee in Oklahoma, with shaking being felt in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Texas, seismologists say, making it one of the largest earthquakes to ever hit the region. Reports of damage are coming in. (more)

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The earthquake, which happened at 7:02 a.m. CT on Saturday ,was centered about 4.1 miles southwest of Masham in Oklahoma, or about 22 miles northeast of Stillwater. It struck at a depth of just 4.1 miles, making it a very shallow earthquake.

Reports of tremors have been coming in from across the Midwest, with shaking being felt in states such as Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas and Iowa. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that as many as 3.9 million people may have felt the earthquake, including 75,000 people who may have felt strong shaking.

One resident, in Morrison near the epicenter, said the early morning earthquake felt much stronger than earthquakes in the past. "It was way more than 5.8! I felt a 5.8 before. This was more like a 6.7," the resident said. Another resident in Morrison said the shaking lasted some 30 seconds.

At least one building has collapsed in Pawnee County in Oklahoma, according to the county's emergency management agency. It did not specify what type of building had collapsed. Other buildings in the area have been damaged as well, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

"Staff with the Department of Emergency Management are en route to Pawnee to assess damage and needs as a result of this morning's earthquake," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said. "State officials are requesting structural engineers to assess building safety."

Residents in other regions also felt the earthquake. "I live in a high rise in Dallas near Love Field airport. I'm on the very top floor and this entire building was shaking," a resident in Dallas reported. "I heard cracking in my living room. My bed was shaking quite a bit. I was awakened by this one. Felt very different and stronger."

In November 2011, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Prague in Oklahoma, destroying 14 homes and injuring two people. That earthquake was felt across the region as well, with shaking reported in at least 17 states. The 2011 earthquake was the largest to ever hit Oklahoma, and Saturday's quake was of a similar magnitude.

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