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Gov. Fallin Declares State of Emergency for Payne County after Earthquake

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Payne County due to a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred Sunday evening near the city of Cushing.

The earthquake was felt in multiple states and has resulted in damage to numerous buildings in downtown Cushing. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Fallin and state emergency management officials are asking residents to submit photos of earthquake damage to their homes or businesses through the OK Emergency mobile application. The OK Emergency app is available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices as well as any other smartphone, tablet or computer through the mobile site emergency.ok.gov.

Fallin’s executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days. Additional counties may be added if needed.