Sunday, September 4, 2016

Damage assessments continue following Oklahoma earthquake

Courtesy: MGN Online
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) State, local and federal officials have resumed assessing damage in north-central Oklahoma after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck near Pawnee, just south of the Kansas state line.

Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said Sunday that emergency officials and the U.S. Geological Survey are examining the area and finding only minor to moderate damage.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspected roads and 180 bridges within a 30-mile radius of the epicenter and says all were found to be safe.

The state Corporation Commission says no major damage has been found by utilities, pipelines, or fuel infrastructure operators in the area and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inspecting dams within a 50-mile radius of the epicenter. Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County.