A huge earthquake has hit central United States, affecting at least four states while Americans were enjoying Labour Day weekend.DAMAGE: this is White's Foodliner in #Pawnee. 1building collapsed there. #earthquake. LIVE on @FOX23 #okwx pic.twitter.com/TPd8vpIzyL— Morgan Downing (@FOX23Morgan) September 3, 2016
The quake measured in at 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale and struck central Oklahoma, with its effects felt as far as Chicago, 800 miles away.
Residents in the states of Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa also reported feeling the earthquake at roughly 7.05am local time, The Daily Star reports.Felt #earthquake (#sismo) M5.8 strikes 123 km NE of Oklahoma City (#Oklahoma) 8 min ago. https://t.co/DyTQ9cF8d1 pic.twitter.com/LQWHdalzfb— EMSC (@LastQuake) September 3, 2016
Early reports suggest that homes had been destroyed in Pawnee, Oklahoma, with one Twitter user saying her great-grandma’s house collapsed during the earthquake.
Others were also quick to take to Twitter to recount their experiences:My family is from Pawnee Oklahoma which is where the earthquake was and we're positive that my great-grandma's house crumbled bc it's so old— abby!! (@skywayaveniall) September 3, 2016
I JUST WOKE UP TO AN EARTHQUAKE THAT WAS SO TERRIFYING I THOUGHT A DEMON WAS SHAKING MY BED OR SOMETHING— whitney atkinson (@whittynovels) September 3, 2016
OK MOTHER NATURE THIS IS FINE
Hell of a thing for an earthquake to be felt from Chicago to Dallas.— Lesley Carhart (@hacks4pancakes) September 3, 2016
Oklahoma officials have issued earthquake advice reminding people to stay indoors and to be aware of aftershocks:I've never felt an earthquake until now and it's scary as hell tbh— Rae (@raemp1526) September 3, 2016
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed:Be prepared in case aftershocks: https://t.co/Ee1396NZ5z | https://t.co/AlaQTYgJ4F 👎#okquake https://t.co/IoBwGmI44O— City of OKC (@cityofokc) September 3, 2016
There has been a very substantial earthquake with aftershocks going on for several minutes.Back in February, there was a 5.1 earthquake measured in Oklahoma which was the third largest ever felt in Kansas City.