Monday, 7 November 2016

A mag 5.3 earthquake shakes central Oklahoma: Significant damage and a massive gas leak...


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A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has shaken central Oklahoma, leading to reports of "significant damage" to buildings and a gas leak.
The US Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 7:44pm CST, with an epicenter located one mile west of Cushing, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
It initially measured the quake at a magnitude of 5.3.
Cushing, which has a population of about 7,900, bills itself as the Pipeline Crossroads of the World.
It is home to the Cushing Tank Farm, a massive oil storage facility that's touted as the world's largest. The quake was felt as far away as Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Cushing Police Department reported "quite of bit of damage" from the earthquake and said parts of downtown were being evacuated due to gas leaks.
Images on social media showed major damage to buildings.
One report suggested a cinema in Cushing was being evacuated due to a gas leak.
Another said there was "significant damage" to downtown.
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of Oklahoma last week, with an epicenter near Pawnee.
Scientists have linked Oklahoma's sharp increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has shut down some disposal wells and ordered a reduction in the amount of wastewater disposed of in others.

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