February 6, 2016

Minor earthquake rattles SE Nebraska

A minor earthquake rattled parts of southeast Nebraska on Wednesday night. The 3.5 earthquake, two miles northwest of Auburn, Nebraska, is confirmed by Geophysicist Amy Vaughan with the United States Geological Survey Center in Colorado. Vaughan reports the quake happened Wednesday night at 8:53 and was 3.1 miles deep.

Vaughan calls it typical for this region of the United States. No injuries have been reported. Vaughan says although the quake measured as 3.5, reports indicate Nebraskans felt it at an intensity at a level of 4 in Nebraska proper, which would mean houses were shaking, pictures may have fallen off of walls, cabinets or windows may have cracked and rattled.

Vaughan admits typically, for this level of an earthquake more damage would have been reported by now, but they’ve not heard of anything [severe]. Vaughan asks those who felt the earthquake to please go to the website usgs.gov and fill out a “Did You Feel It” report.

Vaughan says although this was not a widely-spread-deadly earthquake, but those that are deadly typically occur at night when people have no opportunity to position themselves safely under a door frame of their house. Vaughan says reports are coming in from as far away from Auburn as Hamburg, Iowa.

Thanks to Kristan Gray, KMA, Shenandoah, Iowa

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