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Oklahoma Rattled by 5.0 Earthquake

(CBSNews) CUSHING, Okla. -- An earthquake rattled the state of Oklahoma Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. CST, with an epicenter located one mile west of Cushing, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The USGS initially stated it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake but lowered that rating to 5.0.

Its epicenter was reported about one mile west of Cushing, and 53 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, CBS affiliate KOTV reported.

The earthquake was less than four miles deep, KOTV reported. 

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 but details were not immediately available.

The city has a population of about 7,900. 

Cushing is home to the Cushing Tank Farm, a massive oil storage facility that’s billed as the world’s largest. 

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported that the OCC’s Pipeline Safety Department has been in contact with pipeline operators at the facility and that there have been no immediate reports of any problems from the earthquake. They said the assessment of the infrastructure continues.

Cushing Schools said on Twitter that it will be closed Monday to assess damage.

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. 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available. 

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