Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Cushing, Oklahoma, No Damage Reported To Oil Terminal
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near Cushing, Oklahoma last night, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Several aftershocks were reported in the area immediately following the quake. The Associated Press is reporting that between 40 to 50 buildings have sustained major damage.
The recent increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma is likely because of “the underground injection of wastewater during oil and gas production, “according to the AP.
Cushing is the home to one of the largest oil trading hubs in the U.S, with numerous pipelines and storage tanks in the area. Initial estimates indicate that this infrastructure was not damaged from the quake.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission officials said today in a statement that “normal operation has resumed for pipeline operators in the Cushing oil storage terminal under state jurisdiction.”
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Twitter that all Cushing public schools would be closed tomorrow so crews can continue to assess the damage.
(Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey in Oklahoma)