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Oklahoma Earthquake Rattles Kansas City

The epicenter of the 5.0 magnitude earthquake was just west of Cushing, Oklahoma. The quake was felt in the Kansas City metro area.

Updated: 10:40 p.m. 

Kansas City metro area residents on Sunday night experienced rattling windows and shifting furniture due to another Oklahoma earthquake. 

According to the Associated Press, "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 USGS initially stated it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake but lowered that rating to 5.0."

People across Oklahoma — and in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri — felt the quake. By 10 p.m., the USGS had received 10,342 reports. The scientific agency collects information through a section on their website called Did You Feel It?

The AP writes that "according to USGS data, there have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week." Sunday's earthquake, at a 5.0 magnitude, is the fifth largest in the state to date.

Scientists link the uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years to disposal wells, used to remove waste from oil and gas drilling operations.

KCUR's Andrea Tudhope contributed to this report.

Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3. You can reach her on Twitter.

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