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Oklahoma earthquake sounded ‘like someone drove a very large truck into the side of the house’

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An Oklahoma community on Monday was cleaning up after an earthquake rattled the city of Cushing, an incident that left several buildings damaged, but didn’t appear to cause any serious injuries.

The magnitude 5.0 quake hit at 7:44 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, with the center about one mile west of Cushing, Okla., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Associated Press reports that rumbling from the earthquake could be felt in Iowa and Illinois.

Officials have estimated that about 40 to 50 structures in Cushing were damaged, according to the Tulsa World. The newspaper reported that city manager Steve Spears discussed the damage at a morning news conference, saying that assessments would continue through the coming days.

Spears also told reporters that he only knew of one reported injury – a cut on a man’s arm. AP reported that at a Sunday news conference, a local official said there were a few reported injuries, all of which were minor.

Spears noted that if the quake had happened during the day, authorities “could have had a lot worse situation,” according to the World.

Cushing, according to the Daily Oklahoman, is “home to the country’s largest commercial oil storage hub.”

The newspaper reports that storage tanks near the city held more than 58 million barrels of oil in late October. Cushing is known as “Pipeline Crossroads of the World,” the Associated Press said.

Those 40 to 50 structures noted in the World’s report were determined to have what the newspaper called substantial damage. According to the World, that means 1/4- to 1/2-inch cracks, signs that the foundation had moved, or fallen walls and facades.

“There’s lots of broken glass, things came off the walls, cabinet doors open, things coming off shelves,” Amy Jones, a Cushing resident, told the Oklahoman. “We have quite a bit of damage.”

“I thought my whole trailer was going to tip over, it was shaking it so bad,” another resident, 50-year-old Cindy Roe, told the Associated Press. “It was loud and all the lights went out and you could hear things falling on the ground.

“It was awful and I don’t want to have another one.”

Cushing is located about 70 miles from Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the quake, local schools were closed in the city. The Associated Press also reported that local authorities, nervous about aftershocks, blocked off older parts of the community on Sunday night, in an effort to keep people away.

“It sure made itself known,” Jones, the Cushing resident, told the Oklahoman. “It was very loud. You can feel it rolling in, but when it finally hit, it sounded like someone drove a very large truck into the side of the house.”

Footage and photos from Cushing shot after the earthquake hit shows crumbling building facades and debris on the streets. You can see that below:

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