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Earthquake rattles parts of Oklahoma, felt as far as Dallas, Kansas City

The earthquake was the second to rattle the state after a smaller earthquake was also felt in the northern part of the state last week.

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Stephen Feller
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake was felt in Cushing, Okla., marked on the map, and could be felt as far away as Dallas and Little Rock, Ark. Photo by Google Maps
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake was felt in Cushing, Okla., marked on the map, and could be felt as far away as Dallas and Little Rock, Ark. Photo by Google Maps

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Most parts of Oklahoma, and even some parts of Kansas, felt a strong earthquake Sunday night which caused some damage but has not been linked to any injuries yet.

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck about one mile east of Cushing, Okla., around 7:45 p.m. Sunday night, with the worst damage thus far reported closest to the epicenter, including damaged buildings, reported gas leaks and some residents without power.

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The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake as a 5.3 but downgraded it a short time later. The earthquake, which was less than four miles below the surface, could be felt as far as away as Dallas, Kansas City, Miss., and Little Rock, Ark.

Significant damage was reported by the Cushing Police Department and many residents of the city, as well as areas all over Oklahoma, took to Twitter posting photos of damage and reports of what the felt.

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake also struck Oklahoma earlier Sunday about 12 miles northeast of Perry and a 4.5-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Pawnee are among several earthquakes to rock the state in recent months, with some blaming them on underground disposal of wastewater and fracking activities. The state government has been closing wells in recent months because of links between fracking and increased seismic activity in Oklahoma.

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