- The 5.0-magnitude quake struck at 7:44pm CST, 1 mile west of Cushing
- Downtown Cushing was evacuated due to gas leaks and building damage
- There were mo injuries in the quake, which was felt in Kansas and Arkansas
- It’s is the fifth-biggest quake ever in the state, and the second in two weeks
- There were only two in 2008, before fracking ramped up across the US
- Gov. says it’s due to disposing oil and gas wastewater in wells, not fracking
- But skeptics say increased fracking means increased wastewater
An Oklahoma city has been evacuated after the state was hit by its fifth-biggest earthquake ever – and the latest of many since the fracking ramped up in the state.
The 5.0-magnitude quake struck one mile west of Cushing at 7.44pm CST, damaging buildings and gas lines, and forcing downtown residents to flee, News9 reported.
The quake, which was originally rated at 5.3, was felt as far away as Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, and comes a week after a 4.5-magnitude quake was reported near Pawnee.
Struck: Cushing, Oklahoma (pictured) has been struck by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake on Sunday evening that broke gas lines, cut power and damaged buildings