At 5:02 Saturday morning, residents living in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas states felt a Magnitude 5.6 earthquake that struck 14km NW of Pawnee, Oklahoma. This was a fairly shallow quake occurring about 7 km below Earth’s surface, and it caused strong shaking.
Based on early reports, the USGS estimates that there will be no casualties or major damage. However, some injuries or economic losses may still be possible.
This right-lateral strike-slip earthquake occurred on a 100km long suspected fault. Aftershocks are common after earthquakes of all sizes, and some can cause damage to people and property. If you are in the affected area, stay away from objects and furniture that might fall in the event of another earthquake.