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Cushing denied disaster assistance for 5.0 magnitude earthquake

Buildings in downtown Cushing were damaged after the 5.0 earthquake.

Buildings in downtown Cushing were damaged after the 5.0 earthquake.

CUSHING, Okla. – Earlier this month, residents in Cushing felt the earth move when a 5.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded just west of town.

Now, their nerves are shaking again after disaster assistance was denied.

On Nov. 6, geologists recorded a 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered near Cushing. The shaking was felt as far away as Kansas City and Little Rock, Ark.

After the earthquake, Cushing Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier held a news conference, confirming some residents suffered minor injuries.

He also said several buildings in the area sustained damage.

Bricks and ceiling tiles came crashing down, while several windows cracked in downtown businesses.

Recently, Payne County Emergency Manager Jeff Kuhn learned that Cushing did not qualify for disaster assistance.

He told the Enid News & Eagle that most of the damage was determined to be cosmetic, meaning that residents will have to foot the bill for repairs.

“Very few even had (earthquake) insurance and only one had good insurance,” he told the paper. “The other’s I’ve talked to either had high deductibles, like $20,000, or couldn’t get it because of the waiting period after there’s an earthquake.”

Business owners KFOR spoke with say they are concerned about making repairs for fear of other earthquakes.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty and concern and apprehension and really disappointment. I think if there was ever a time in Cushing’s history where either federal or state aid is justified, it’s right now,” Bill Ahrberg said.

Ahrberg’s building in downtown Cushing suffered extensive damage, and he expects the repairs to cost near $50,000.