5.1 Magnitude Quake Felt Across Kansas, Causes Damage in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSN) – South central Kansas was rocked by an earthquake shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday.  The quake, which occurred at 11:08 a.m., registered 5.1 magnitude and was located about 17 miles northwest of Fairview Oklahoma.  That’s about 125 miles from Wichita.

Wichita city leaders say there is damage.

“Yes, we did have some damage,” says Joe Pajor, Deputy Director of Public Works & Utilities. “A little bit of minor cracking in some buildings. Nothing that looks structurally significant at this point.”

Wichita city leaders say last time there was a strong earthquake in Oklahoma, there was damage to city infrastructure. In that earthquake event the city had multiple broken water main lines, some damage to water holding tanks and even some buckling in the floor of a Wichita Police Substation.

This time city leaders say they are still searching for damage.

“We initiated our response team right away after we determined this was a fairly strong quake,” says Pajor. “The group of engineers, and others, will continue to look and respond and search for any damages.”

People across the KSN viewing area have emailing and calling to say they felt the quake. And the U.S. Geological survey reports the  earthquake in northwest Oklahoma was felt across Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, Arkansas and Iowa.

Fairview police and the Major County Sheriff’s Office say there are no reports of injury or significant damage there as a result of the quake that struck Saturday at 11:07 a.m. about 17 miles north of Fairview. A second earthquake measured at magnitude 3.9 struck in the same area at 11:17 a.m. The area is about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma is a magnitude 5.6 centered in Prague in November 2011 that damaged 200 buildings.


The temblors are the latest in a series of earthquakes some say are linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production.

The quake is the strongest yet felt in south central Kansas.

The graph below shows the quake was a strong one.

Kansas Geological Survey seismometer graph showing the strength of the quake. Click on the graph to expand it.

Click here to view the U.S. Geological Survey page that provides more information about this earthquake.


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