Earthquake rolls across southeastern Colo. plains

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Lamar, Colo. (AP) – An earthquake has hit Colorado’s plains, setting off tremors across the southeastern part of the state and into western Kansas.

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden confirmed that a magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred at 6:22 p.m. Sunday in southeastern Colorado, about 180 miles southeast of Denver.

State Geologist Vince Matthews says the quake might have originated on an unmapped extension of the Cheraw Fault, believed to be a young fault. Matthews says most of Colorado’s active faults are in the mountains or foothills.

Retiree Mary Breslin says she was making dinner in Eads when she felt the rolling tremors. She told the Denver Post that she thought it was an explosion at first.

The Prowers County Sheriff's Department had no reports of damage Monday.
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