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“There’s a lot of uncertainty,” Business owners apprehensive about further earthquake damage

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CUSHING, Okla. -- Downtown business owners and homeowners are still picking up the pieces from the damage of a large earthquake that struck the community a few weeks ago.

In early November, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Cushing area. T

his week, a few smaller earthquakes were recorded, ranging from 2.6 to 3.3 magnitude.

Bill Ahrberg has owned the downtown Cushing building where his law firm is located for years. His building is one of several suffering from serious damage following the 5.0 quake.

“The question is, is it salvageable and at what cost? Do you find another location and when you do, where is it going to be and how safe is it going to be?” Ahrberg said.

He said some of the damage could cost up to $50,000. Many are unsure if they should make the repairs for fear of more quakes.

“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,” Ahrberg said.

Down the street at locally owned Whole Foods, owner Paula Porter is planning a vigil for the Cushing community to come together.

“We're going to pray over, obviously our community, we're going to pray over first responders and their families because their families are involved as well,” Porter said.

Porter said it’s a chance for them to show they're Cushing strong during this tough time.

“It’s the non-denominational thing. For so many years, people have said it’s got to be this religion or this faith, no this is for all of us,” Porter said.

The prayer vigil is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the public safety center in Cushing.