ENID, Okla. — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled Oklahoma Sunday night and was felt in neighboring states of Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.
Enid News & Eagle has conducted two series and written numerous other stories about earthquakes in Oklahoma linked to wastewater disposal wells.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at 7:44 p.m. Sunday 2 miles west of Cushing, in Payne County, Oklahoma. It was about 17 miles east-southeast of Stillwater.
The USGS initially stated it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake but lowered that rating to 5.0.
A major trading hub for crude oil, Cushing is an oil depot known as the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World."
Jeff Kuhn, Payne County emergency manager, said workers were evacuating Cimarron Towers. Red Cross is coming to help those displaced. There is damage to buildings downtown.
Halfway between Pond Creek and Nash, Candy Wilson Kent reported on Facebook that the shaking lasted nearly 10 seconds. Amanda Gray had to clean up ice that fell from a fountain machine working at Grand and Willow in Enid.
"New vibrating mobile home ... Newly unbalanced and needs leveled ... Fun fun," Tammy Kirkpatrick-Driver posted from Enid.
Earlier in the weekend, two earthquakes were recorded Saturday near Pawnee in Pawnee County and a third in Yale in Payne County. The earthquakes were recorded in the same area where a record-setting 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred two months ago.
Geologists say a 3.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded shortly before 4:40 a.m. about eight miles east-southeast of Pawnee. A 2.9 magnitude temblor was recorded about 10:40 a.m. one mile east of Pawnee, and a 2.8 magnitude quake occurred shortly before 7 a.m. about nine miles west-northwest of Yale.
Action was being taken by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division in response to an earthquake near Pawnee late Tuesday.
Scientists have linked Oklahoma's increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production. Regulators have ordered some disposal well operators to close or reduce disposal volumes.
The Stillwater News Press and The Associated Press contributed to this report.