USGS: 5.0-magnitude quake reported 1.2 miles west of Cushing, Okla.
CUSHING, Okla. (KOKH) - The United States Geological Survey reported a 5.3-magnitude earthquake centered a mile west of Cushing, Oklahoma. It has since been downgraded to a 5.0-magnitude quake.
The temblor was reported at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, with the epicenter about 1.2 miles west of Cushing.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the initial quake as being a 4.6 magnitude. It has since reported at least five aftershocks ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 in magnitude.
Only minor injuries have been reported, according to Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier.
During a media briefing on Sunday, Cushing Police Chief Tully Folden reported an area between Moses and Cheery streets, and from Noble to Seay avenues has been locked down. Folden asked people to stay out of the area, because of the danger of aftershocks.
Cushing officials say a number of buildings were damaged. No buildings collapsed, Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said, but a number of them had sustained damage to their facades, as well as a number of broken windows. Minor damage was reported to Cushing City Hall.
The buildings will have to be inspected, according to Spears, before people will be allowed to return.
Frazier reported there was no damage to the hospital or to the hotels in the area.
Cushing Schools say classes have been canceled Monday because of the quake.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has released the following statement:
"The Oil and Gas Division (OGCD) of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) and the Oklahoma Geological Survey is working on evaluating the earthquake that struck in the Cushing area this evening, currently placed at a 5.0 magnitude. The OCC’s Pipeline Safety Department has been in contact with pipeline operators in the Cushing oil storage terminal under state jurisdiction and there have been no immediate reports of any problems. The assessment of the infrastructure continues."
Inspectors started surveying the damage around Cushing at 7 a.m. Monday morning.
Click here to watch a media briefing held by Cushing officials.