Monday night earthquake: 4.4 on Richter scale

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The ground trembled briefly Monday night in Craig as Western Colorado experienced its first earthquake in more than three years.

An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale originated about 12 miles north of Craig, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden reported Monday night.

The earthquake occurred at about 8:55 p.m.

As of press time Monday night, there had been no structural damage reported in Craig as a result of the event.

By 10 p.m., about 115 people had reported feeling the earthquake to the NEIC.

Most of the reports were in Craig, but some were from Hamilton and Hayden, the NEIC reported.

"The intensity that people described feeling is intensity 3, which is a weak amount of shaking and no damage," NEIC geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said.

He said earthquakes, particularly the kind experienced Monday night in Craig, aren't totally unusual.

"This magnitude is certainly not out of the expectation of anywhere in the U.S.," Buckmaster said. "It can happen almost anywhere. : It certainly doesn't happen very frequently, but it's not completely unexpected."

Monday night was the first earthquake in Western Colorado since a tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale occurred in February 2006, five miles west of Glenwood Springs, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

In September 2005, a 4.1 Richter scale earthquake occurred about 14 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs, the Weather Service reported.

"They (earthquakes) are not every day occurrences, but we've had a few," said Joe Ramey, a Weather Service meteorologist. "They occur, and typically they're very light here in Colorado."

He said the magnitude of the Craig-area tremor was nothing to be alarmed at.

"At 4.4, there shouldn't be any damage caused by the earthquake," Ramey said. "Five is typically when we start getting damage."

An earthquake 5.0 on the Richter scale is 10 times stronger than a 4.0, Ramey said.

Comments

lonelyone 5 years, 4 months ago

we sure as heck felt it at our house. scared the you know what out of me!! but the little dogs never made a sound......I find that interesting.

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GlacierDragon 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I thought there had been an explosion, but when I went outside, none of the neighbor animals were barking. I went and reread the article about the earthquake in SE Colorado where a guy there said he thought it had been an explosion, too. So I figured it was probably an earthquake. Glad to see I wasn't just going nuts. =)

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lostyermarbles 5 years, 4 months ago

We felt it too, thought someone hit the house, then maybe a micro blast but then decided we didn't hear any wind. It shook the front door bad. Not a good feeling for sure!

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JAHM 5 years, 4 months ago

I was laying in my daughters bed with her watching a moving trying to get her to fall asleep when it hit! whole bed shook bad! so ran into see if my husband felt it and he said he felt nothing! he was rocking in the glider with our youngest! lol im sure thats why he did not feel it. I have been through some pretty bad ones, so this one to me was no biggie but it was my husbands first and he felt nothing!

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mindfulness58 5 years, 4 months ago

For once I was right! My husband Thom and our dog Quigley were relaxing in our living room last night when our house began to shake vigorously. Stunned, we all stared at each other wondering, "What was that?". After going outside to see that everything looked normal, even cars going up the street as if nothing had happened, we were stumped. Thom thought it was an explosion at the nearby mine. I thought it was an earthquake. Yeah, I was right, now I can gloat!

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