Wichita, Kansas — A magnitude 7.3 earthquake rocked central Kansas on Wednesday, with at least two people killed and hundreds of homes and businesses damaged.
It was the strongest quake in the state in more than three decades.
The quake centered in a mountain near the Kansas-Missouri state line.
It occurred at 5:52 a.m. local time and was felt from Kansas City, Missouri, to Fort Worth, Texas.
The earthquake’s epicenter was just above a ridge in the Kansas Mountains, a geological feature that is prone to temblors.
The epicenter’s epicentre was a relatively shallow region, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) below the surface.
The USGS reports that the quake’s epicents were about 0.2 magnitude above the epicenter, but the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was probably about 5.5 magnitude above that.
It has been at least one day since the quake occurred, but there were reports of tremors throughout the day and even during the night.
According to the USGS, the area around the quake site was mostly quiet.
The first reports of widespread damage came from Wichita, which reported that it received a phone call from the mayor saying that the city was being evacuated because of an earthquake, The Associated Press reported.
The Associated States Department of Energy said that the National Guard and state agencies are assisting with the search and rescue efforts, according to CNN affiliate WFAA.
The city of Wichita reported that two people were killed and at least 30 others were injured.
Several hundred people have been displaced by the quake, according the US Geological Survey.
The area was largely destroyed by the earthquake, but some areas had major damage, the US National Weather Service reported.
At least 30 people were reported to have died in the area of the quake.
“We are all very sad and devastated,” Wichita Mayor John Allen told the Associated Press.
“But it’s important for us to keep our families safe.
There’s no question that there are people who are displaced.”
The Associated News reports that at least $1 billion has been spent to help those displaced by Wednesday’s quake.
The National Guard said that it was sending 100 people to help with the rescue efforts.
The Kansas Department of Emergency Management said that some residents were still under evacuation orders.
The U.T.S., the US government’s disaster information service, reported that at 11:40 p.m., it received an email from the state of Kansas, which states that “the Governor is asking the community to evacuate the area immediately due to the potential for significant damage.”
The message also warns that a major earthquake is possible at any time.
“The City of Wichita is requesting that residents, including children, be kept away from the immediate area due to possible damage from the earthquake,” the email states.
The AP reports that some people who lived in the city reported that their homes were not damaged and that the town of more than 500,000 residents had reopened.
The mayor of Wichita told the AP that there were about 20,000 people living in the town.
“This is not a normal quake,” Allen said.
“It’s something we’re not used to seeing.
It’s not something that happens very often.
The people that live in the vicinity, there’s nothing that we’re seeing right now.”
The city is asking for donations to help the affected residents.
In an email to the AP, the Kansas State Emergency Management Agency said that a total of $5.9 million has been raised to help pay for relief efforts.
“At this time, we are unable to provide a list of donations,” it said in the email.