Magnitude-5.0 earthquake shakes south central Kansas

CUSHING, Okla. (AP and KWCH) The USGS now says the earthquake centered near Cushing, Okla. was a magnitude 5.0. It was initially reported as a magnitude 5.3.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. with an epicenter located one mile west of Cushing, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The quake was felt as far away as Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Ark.

The Cushing Police Department reported "quite of bit of damage" from the earthquake. Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, News 9 reports Cushing police evacuated downtown Cushing due to a report of gas line leaks and infrastructure checks. Some Cushing residents are reported to be without power Sunday night.

KWTV says, according to the state's emergency management office, there is major damage reported at a senior-living apartment complex in Cushing. No serious injuries were reported.

Cushing Schools canceled Monday classes to assess earthquake damage.

This is the second significant earthquake in Oklahoma in as many weeks.

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of Oklahoma last week, with an epicenter near Pawnee.

Scientists have linked Oklahoma's sharp increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has shut down some disposal wells and ordered a reduction in the amount of wastewater disposed of in others.

***PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSI MITCHELL: KWTV, NEWS 9***