Strong earthquake centered in Oklahoma felt in several states

Image from KFOR

Image from KFOR

CUSHING, Okla. — A strong earthquake shook central Oklahoma Sunday night, damaging buildings and leading to evacuations.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s preliminary report said it was a 5.3 magnitude quake but the agency later downgraded it to 5.0 magnitude. The epicenter was near Cushing, about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa.

4 Fast Facts

  • Strong earthquake rattles Cushing, Okla., and surrounding areas
  • People in Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri reported feeling it
  • Cushing canceled school Monday in order to assess damage
  • Residents at a senior living community had to be evacuated

According to KFOR, all classes for Cushing schools have been canceled. People in nearby states also reported feeling the earthquake, including Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

The earthquake rattled City Hall enough to crack part of the front window. Photos from the downtown area showed debris on the streets.

The Cimarron Tower retirement home was evacuated; the residents were moved to a youth center gymnasium. Some residents lost power for a few hours, but electricity has since been restored.

Minor injuries from the quake have been reported. Utility crews have also responded to several gas leaks.