Small 3.8 magnitude earthquake shakes southeast Colorado

The United States Geological Survey is asking; did you feel it?

A small 3.8 magnitude earthquake rattled southeast Colorado at 3:27 a.m. Monday. The quake radiated from a point about 5 miles northwest of Pritchett, a small town about 250 miles from Denver.

25 reports came into USGS, including one close to the quake that reported “light” shaking.

While Colorado is not associated with earthquakes, it is not uncommon for some shaking in the Centennial State.

The USGS says damage does not usually occur until an earthquake magnitude reaches somewhere above 4 or 5.

In 2020, Colorado was shaken by one quake of magnitude 4.2, eight quakes between 4.0 and 2.0, and 19 quakes between 3.0 and 2.0. There were also another 30 quakes below magnitude 2.0, which are not usually felt.


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