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Buildings in downtown Cushing were damaged after the 5.0 earthquake.

CUSHING, Okla. – The Oklahoma Insurance Department says it is reaching out to residents following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake that damaged property and rattled nerves.

On Sunday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered just west of the town of Cushing.

The quake shook residents across the Sooner State and was even felt in Kansas City and Little Rock, Arkansas.

When the shaking stopped, Cushing officials announced that several buildings had sustained damage, including a water line.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced that representatives would be in Cushing next week to answer questions about earthquake insurance.

“There is significant damage in Cushing,” said Commissioner Doak. “Many people here are on edge. For those with earthquake insurance, we want to help with the claims process so they can recover as quickly as possible.”

Representatives will be stationed in the Cushing Chamber of Commerce Board Room beginning on Monday, Nov. 14.

They will be available each weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except Thursday. On Thursday, representatives will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Officials say that earthquake insurance cannot be purchased for damage that has already occurred or is occurring.