A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shocked the Midwest on Saturday morning, striking Northern Oklahoma and sending tremors to Omaha, St. Louis, Austin, and even parts of Arizona. The earthquake struck about 9 miles north of Pawnee, Oklahoma, a small town between Oklahoma City and the Kansas state line. Most of the earthquake's damage was centered around Pawnee and other neighboring towns.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at around 7 a.m. on Sept. 3, waking up most of the Midwest in the process. The depth of the earthquake was barely 3 miles, which is why the tremors traveled so far throughout the Midwest. The U.S. Geological Survey shows numerous reports of "feeling" the earthquake in big cities such as Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Des Moines, Iowa.
This earthquake was a record-tying earthquake for Oklahoma and the greater Midwest — the same exact magnitude as an earthquake that struck the region in 2011. While two earthquakes in five years may seem like a lot of Oklahoma, strong earthquakes in the Midwest are still pretty rare, which is why many Midwesterners were pretty — excuse the pun — shocked by Saturday's early-morning trembling.
Fortunately, the damage from the Pawnee earthquake was mostly structural, and no buildings collapsed, state officials confirmed. Only one injury has been reported so far. The town of Pawnee, however, did declare a state of emergency after the earthquake on Saturday.
The lack of major extensive damage — thankfully — led many people to post hilarious responses to the Pawnee earthquake, playing on people's tendency to overreact. Many people, too, couldn't help but throw in some Parks & Recreation references, because what else do you think of when you hear the word "Pawnee"?
Here are the best reactions to the Pawnee earthquake. Let's pray for all those fallen household items...
Let's not forget that there was some very real damage in Pawnee, Oklahoma. According to Pawnee Mayor Pawnee Brad Sewell, one of the structures damaged in Pawnee was a historic building, CNN reported. But the overall damage could have been far, far worse.
What a Labor Day wake-up call for the Midwest.