Oklahoma earthquake: Strong tremor strikes near Stillwater, felt in Kansas


PUBLISHED Sun, November 06, 2016 - 8:53pm EST
Damage in Cushing (Credit: Kevin Stump)


A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 has struck near Stillwater in Oklahoma, with shaking felt in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and nearby states such as Kansas and Missouri. Damage has been reported. (more)





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The earthquake, which struck at 7:44 p.m. CT on Sunday, was centered just outside Cushing in Payne County, about 17 miles east-southeast of Stillwater. It struck at a depth of just 3.1 miles below the surface, making it a very shallow earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude of Sunday's earthquake at 5.0, down from an initial estimate of 5.3, but the shallow depth of the earthquake means residents near the epicenter will have perceived it as stronger.

Damage has been reported in the city of Cushing, though there were no immediate reports of injuries. "It came on strong shaking the house and then tapered off. Shook for a good 30 seconds," said a resident in Morrison, about 20 miles northwest of the epicenter.

Residents across the region reported feeling the earthquake, with reports of tremors being felt coming from parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. Cities that felt shaking include Tulsa, Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Joplin and more.

If the preliminary magnitude of 5.0 is maintained it would rank it among the largest earthquakes to hit the region in recent years. The strongest earthquake on record happened just two months ago, when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Pawnee, causing damage and injuring one person.

Prior to this year, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Oklahoma was a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that struck near Prague in November 2011, destroying 14 homes and injuring 2 people. That earthquake was felt in at least 17 states across the region.

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