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Damage Estimate From Earthquakes Could Take Weeks (Nov 09, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State officials say it could be weeks before a damage estimate is released on the string of earthquakes that have rattled central Oklahoma during the past several days.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says her agency plans to dispatch teams early next week to begin compiling the damage from Saturday's 5.6 magnitude quake and a string of powerful aftershocks.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the latest aftershock was a 3.0 magnitude quake on Wednesday.

Cain says it's still unclear whether Oklahoma will meet certain requirements to qualify for federal disaster aid.

Oklahoma Insurance Department spokesman Glenn Craven says natural disasters in the state have caused about $870 million in damage this year. That figure doesn't include the recent quakes or wildfires across the state several months ago.

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