GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. A water facility near Bedrock, Colorado, has been known to trigger small earthquakes in the past, but wasn’t operating at the time of Monday morning’s quake.
In a press release, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said employees at Paradox Valley Salinity Control Facility felt the earthquake, and their instruments measured it as a 4.1 magnitude. They have seismic monitoring equipment there because of the way the facility keeps brine from getting in the Dolores River. The concentrated salt water is injected into a well that’s 16,000 feet deep.
The well wasn’t operating at the time of the earthquake though, due to routine maintenance, according to the press release.
The USGS pinpoints the epicenter of the quake just south of Bedrock.
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. The USGS has just downgraded the magnitude to a 4.6.
UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. The Montrose County Sheriff's office said crews are checking for damage in the area of the quake. They said if you have any to report, call Montrose County Emergency Management at 252-4043 or WestCO dispatch at 249-9110.
Original story: We have confirmed an earthquake happened Monday morning in western Colorado.
It happened north of Dove Creek, that’s about 60 miles southwest of Grand Junction.
According to the USGS, it was a magnitude 5.3, and happened at about 10:22 a.m.
We have been getting calls into the newsroom from people in Grand Junction and Fruita, who felt their homes shake when it happened.
We’ll have more information for you as it comes in.