USGS: 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Oklahoma

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CUSHING, Okla. – An earthquake rattled the state of Oklahoma Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

CBS affiliate KOTV reported that the 5.3-magnitude earthquake happened at 7:44 p.m. CST.

Its epicenter was reported about one mile west of Cushing, and 53 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

The earthquake was less than four miles deep, KOTV reported.

The quake was felt as far away as Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The damage caused by the quake was not immediately known.

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.