CUSHING, Okla. (AP) – The Latest on a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that struck Cushing, Oklahoma, a major oil storage hub (all times local):
9:55 a.m. – State regulators in Oklahoma say normal operations have resumed at the Cushing oil storage terminal after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday night.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says pipelines are operating Monday at the storage terminal, which is one of the world’s key oil hubs. Cushing is located about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City and bills itself the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.”
Skinner says state regulators are also reviewing whether to shut down or restrict activity at some disposal wells, where wastewater from oil and gas production is injected. Scientists have linked the practice to the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says crews have inspected 110 bridges within a 30-mile radius of the quake’s epicenter and found no damage.
9:10 a.m. – 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.
Spears says no damage has been reported at Cushing’s major oil storage hub, but that oil companies are conducting their own assessments.
7:10 a.m. – Geologists have recorded several aftershocks in Oklahoma following a 5.0 earthquake that struck Sunday night, causing damage in the town of Cushing.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey says the aftershocks near Cushing are expected to continue and that there is a 5 percent chance of an aftershock stronger than the initial quake.
Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s uptick in earthquakes to the underground injection of wastewater during oil and gas production. Last week, state regulators called for new restrictions on disposal wells near the town of Pawnee following a 4.5 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 1.
Pawnee is 25 miles north of Cushing.
6:45 a.m. – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says there are no immediate reports of damage at a major oil storage hub following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake in the area.
Fallin tweeted that officials in Cushing are checking for building damage and natural gas leaks following Sunday night’s quake. It was the third earthquake with a magnitude 5.0 or greater this year in Oklahoma.
The governor says no damage was reported at the storage tanks at Cushing’s oil storage terminal, which as of last month held 58.5 barrels of crude oil.
Fallin also tweeted that about 40 residents of the Cimarron Towers assisted living center are staying at a shelter because of damage to the building.
1:15 a.m. – A 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs has triggered fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old downtown buildings unsafe in the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes.
Cushing Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier told a late-night news conference that a few minor injuries were reported in the quake that struck at 7:44 p.m. Sunday. He said the damage appeared to be contained to downtown, where piles of debris sat at the base of some commercial buildings.
Fearing aftershocks, police cordoned off older parts of the city to keep gawkers away. Frazier said an assisted living community had been evacuated after damage was reported.
City officials have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to discuss the quake’s impact.