Pawnee Nation reports more extensive damage from earthquake

The Pawnee Nation's administrative building in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Photo by Pawnee Nation

The Pawnee Nation declared a state of emergency after a record earthquake struck Oklahoma on September 3.

The 5.6 magnitude quake caused extensive damage to seven of the tribe's 15 buildings, including the main administrative building, News on 6 reported. The tribe is expecting it will take a lot of time to repair the structures.

“These buildings were built almost 100 years ago and they’re sturdy as heck and ready to withstand everything Oklahoma could throw at them – except for earthquakes,” tribal member Andrew Knife Chief told News on 6.

In a related development, the Environmental Protection Agency has shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells located within Osage Nation territory due to concerns about the impact of the earthquake, The Tulsa World and the Associated Press reported.

Read More on the Story:
Pawnee Nation declares state of emergency after earthquake (Fox23 9/3)
Earthquake damages homes, historic Pawnee Nation buildings (KFOR 9/3)
Oklahoma governor, Pawnee Nation declare state of emergency after 5.6-magnitude earthquake (UPI 9/4)
Structural Engineer Inspects Damage In Pawnee Nation Buildings (News on 6 9/5)
Pawnee Nation Inspects Earthquake Damage (News on 6 9/6)
EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake (AP 9/6)
EPA apparently will shut down 17 Osage County disposal wells in reaction to Pawnee earthquake (The Tulsa World 9/7)

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