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A large earthquake shook Oklahoma and was felt across the Midwest

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A large scale, record-tying earthquake rattled Oklahoma and it's neighboring states in the Midwest, early on Saturday morning.

The United States Geological Survey said a 5.6 magnitude earthquake started at 7:02 a.m. on Saturday morning around Pawnee, Oklahoma and has now been felt by people in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas. 


A number of smaller earthquakes hit northern Oklahoma in the past week, all with a magnitude of 3 or higher.

What was the damage done?

No buildings have collapsed in Pawnee, a town of 2200 people which is just south of the epicenter of the earthquake. No injuries have been reported either. 

"We've got buildings cracked," Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell Randell said. "Most of it's brick and mortar, old buildings from the early 1900s."

The states effected.

There may be damage underground

One of the largest concerns from the earthquake currently is the impact that it could have on gas lines and pipes deep underground. The earthquake is likely to bring new attention to fracking and the practice of disposing of oil wastewater underground.

Part of the Oklahoma Governor's response. 

The Arkansas Razorbacks OL Coach was already cracking jokes about how the earthquake occurred. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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