- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - A state of emergency has been declared for Payne County following a magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Cushing.

Gov. Mary Fallin issued the declaration Tuesday after the Sunday night quake damaged numerous buildings in Cushing and was felt in several states. Fallin said in a news release that damage assessments are still underway.

The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness and is a first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary. The state of emergency lasts for 30 days and additional counties may be added.

Residents to submit photos of earthquake damage to their homes or businesses through the OK Emergency mobile application. The app is available for smartphone, tablet or computer through the mobile site: www.emergency.ok.gov.

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