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Greeley Earthquake Registers 3.4-Magnitude, but No Damage Reported

By    |   Monday, 02 Jun 2014 09:00 AM

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook Greeley, Colorado, and surrounding towns Saturday evening in a rare tremor along the Rocky Mountain region, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake's epicenter was about four miles northeast of Greeley, according to the geological survey's website. The website said the earthquake took place at a depth of 4.8 miles.

"Colorado is considered a region of minor earthquake activity, although there are many uncertainties because of the very short time period for which historical data is available," wrote the USGS website. "The northwestern and southwestern corners, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south-central section of the state, have had no activity in historic times . . . Most shocks in the history of (Colorado) have centered west of the Rocky Mountain Front Range."

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The Greeley earthquake was originally rated a 3.7 on the Richter scale before geologists downgraded it, according to KDVR-TV. The television station wrote that the state's last earthquake happened Aug. 23, 2011, when a 5.3-magnitude tremor occurred near Trinidad.

The quake could be felt as far away as north as Fort Collins, 32 miles from Greeley and as south as Longmont, 39 miles from Greeley, reported the Greeley Tribune.

Greeley Fire Department spokesman Dominic Tatti told the newspaper that authorities did not know what to make of the earthquake at first. Officials said no one reported injuries or any serious damage from the incident.

The quake shook up residents enough to flood firefighters with phone calls, though, according to the Tribune.

"It kind of woke up the whole town," Tatti said. "We were busy responding to a number of things."

Tatti reported that one trailer home was knocked off its blocks and there was an unfounded report of a damaged sewage line that firefighters were unable to locate.

"It was just a big bump," resident Jim Gall told the Tribune, saying he had items knocked off his shelves. "Everyone came out of their homes."

The U.S. Geological Survey noted that the strongest earthquake ever to hit Colorado was a 6.6 tremor on Nov. 7, 1882, that was likely centered near the Front Range, near Rocky Mountain National Park, which could also be felt in Utah and Kansas.

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A 3.4-magnitude earthquake shook Greeley, Colorado, and surrounding towns Saturday evening in a rare tremor along the Rocky Mountain region, according to the United States Geological Survey.
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