Minor cosmetic damages have been reported in Wichita as a result of a Saturday earthquake. The quake, which originated roughly 17 miles to the northwest of Fairview, Oklahoma, measured 5.1 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Occurring at at 11:07 a.m., the tremor was felt in Wichita, close to 144 miles from its center.
Both Wichita’s Alford Library and City Hall reported a few minor drywall cracks. The damage to City Hall occurred on the 14th floor. The Wichita Art Museum also reported minor damage, stating that the heads of fire suppression sprinklers had fallen off. These have all been deemed cosmetic issues by officials.
Public Works officials have also checked the Cheney Dam, wastewater treatment, waterworks and sewer lines for damage, but none was reported in those areas.
City officials are still checking for further damage, though they do not expect to find anything serious at this point.