Officials Update Cushing Earthquake Situation While Clean-Up Begins

Monday, November 7th 2016, 8:05 am
By: News 9

An official says 40 to 50 buildings in Cushing, Oklahoma, sustained "substantial damage" in an earthquake Sunday night. 

Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said Monday that the damage from the magnitude 5.0 earthquake includes cracks in buildings and fallen bricks and facades. He says access to the worst-hit areas remains restricted as crews continue to assess the damage.

No major injuries have been reported. 

Residents of one Cushing apartment complex are in a shelter after their building was damaged during Sunday night's 5.0 earthquake. The quake caused walls to topple and ceilings to collapse.

The downtown area saw the most damage. The city manager said most of the buildings were built in the early 1900s.

Building inspectors and other safety crews are surveying the damage. One building inspector said the city will do a walk-through with an engineer at 7 a.m., and the barricades will be up for at least the rest of the day. To report damage call (918) 306-4151.

The city is going to continue to assess the damage here downtown, especially with the sun coming up they will be able to see a lot more. They are also talking to the oil companies about the storage facility here in town, but there haven't been any reports of damage so far. The oil companies are conducting their own assessments.

The Oil and Gas Division (OGCD) of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is working on an action plan to further modify Arbuckle disposal well operations in the area of the 5.0 (USGS), 4.6(OGS) earthquake that struck the Cushing area last night. Details will be announced as soon as the plan is finalized. The OCC’s Pipeline Safety Department reports normal operation has resumed for pipeline operators in the Cushing oil storage terminal under state jurisdiction.