Dozens of buildings damaged, people displaced following 5.0 earthquake in Cushing

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CUSHING, Okla. - Cushing is in recovery mode after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the town, damaging dozens of buildings and forcing many people out of their homes.

The damage is spread across 16 blocks, a mess that’s going to keep cleanup crews busy for days.

City leaders said about 40 to 50 buildings have damage, including Cushing City Hall where broken glass was being replaced, just in time for voting in the election Tuesday.

Officials said about 40 to 50 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

"Major cracks, 1/4 to 1/2 inch cracks, pieces of the facade has come off into the street," said Cushing City Manager Stephen Spears.

Many of the Cushing downtown buildings were built in the early 1900's, now shut down until gas providers ensure there are no gas leaks and engineers deem the structures safe.

Road blocks are set up to protect the people who live and work there.

Others were forced out of their homes, seeking shelter at the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center at Cushing Youth & Community Center on Little Avenue near 7th street.

"Everything just started shaking. Right across the tower, the bricks fell off another building, real loud, boom, I thought it was a bomb," said Cimarron Tower Assisted Living Resident Reuben Harrison.

Some are homeless and scared about more earthquakes shaking up Oklahoma.

"Oklahoma's not used to this crap, sorry about that, but they're not used to this. We aren’t prepared like California," Harrison said.

The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center has plenty of room for more people in need.

We’re told more than a dozen people accepted help from the Red Cross.

Others who are displaced are staying with family or friends.

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