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US: 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma


A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma early Saturday, causing damage and tremors that were felt from Kansas to Texas. The United States Geological Survey reports that the quake hit just after 7 a.m. in the north-central region around Pawnee, 74 miles from Oklahoma City. The earthquake ties the strongest in Oklahoma's history. The previous record was set on Nov. 5, 2011, according to the USGS. Early reports show some damage to buildings, but there were no initial reports of any injuries.

Pawnee Mayor Brad Sewell said that the quake lasted nearly a minute, far longer than previous tremors that have lasted only a second or two. Part of the façade of an early 20th-century bank building had fallen into the street downtown, but that was the only damage he knew of. “We have had a spate of quakes over the last several years, but nothing like this," he said. “It was a long, sustained quake. ... Clearly it was felt far and wide."

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