World NEWS! Earthquake shakes central Oklahoma


An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.0 shook central Oklahoma on Sunday, causing damage to a number of buildings.

The epicentre of the quake struck the city of Cushing, about 50 miles (80km) northeast of Oklahoma City, at 19:44 local time (01:44 GMT Monday).

Tremors were felt as far away as Texas.

Authorities in Cushing reported “quite of bit of damage”, and schools in the city will be shut on Monday so that buildings can be assessed.

Debris scattered alongside commercial buildings in town was shown by photographs posted on Twitter.

There have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma before week, based on data supplied by the US Geological Survey.

In September, a magnitude 5.6 quake in the state fuelled issues that seismic activity in the region was connected to energy production.

In 2013, scientists linked the underground injection of petroleum drilling wastewater to some magnitude-5.7 earthquake that hit Oklahoma in 2011.

Cushing, which has a population of about 7,900, is home to one of the greatest petroleum storage facilities in the US.