Pawnee Diagnosing Damage After Earthquake

Saturday, September 3rd 2016, 10:52 pm
By: News On 6

The town of Pawnee is still diagnosing the damage after today's 5.6 magnitude earthquake. 

Most people in Pawnee first noticed the noise.

"Rumble rattle, things like that, and then it just got louder and more violent as time went on,” explained Pawnee resident Anna Davis.

Then pictures started falling off the wall at Davis' home shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday morning as the 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma.

"I jumped out of bed, got into the door frame, and the ground beneath us was just rolling like a tidal wave beneath your feet,” said Davis.

Police say at least one man in Pawnee was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the head by falling bricks from his chimney while police say he was shielding a child. He has since been released from the hospital.

"We've heard report from folks of actually watching the ground wave come along," said Oklahoma State geologist Todd Halihan.

Halihan and his team are out surveying the damage, searching for the epicenter.

"Pretty intense shaking, a lot of things fell off the shelves at the local super market," stated Halihan.

They also found rock slides the closer they got to the epicenter, north of Pawnee.

Geologists were able to identify this area because of freshly knocked down grass as well as freshly over turned rocks.

Over at the Pawnee Bill Ranch and museum artifacts were knocked over, and cracks in the foundation and walls could been seen following the quake.

“Overall it could have been much, much worse,” said Davis. “We were very, very fortunate."

A Security camera at the West Side Liquor store captured the earthquake as it shook the building.  Around $400 of product was sent flying off the shelves and smashed on the ground.

Some buildings in downtown Pawnee are still taped off because of structural damage. Officials in the area are concerned that parts of some buildings could still come crashing down.