3.0 Earthquake Southwest of Trinidad Wednesday

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Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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by Chris Sorensen

The United States Geological Survey recorded an earthquake in Las Animas county at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. It was centered 27 miles southwest of Trinidad.

The quake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter Scale, occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles. A week ago, a 3.4 earthquake occurred about 20 miles north of the area, which regularly experiences such minor quakes.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

Since January 1, eight earthquakes measuring 2.0 or greater have been recorded in the area, with a ninth occurring just over the border in New Mexico. As a whole, Colorado has experienced 36 2.0 or greater quakes this year, with the majority occurring in the western part of the state. Eight of those quakes have occurred since December 1, including one near Rangely, and four in Dolores County.

December 10, a 2.1 quake occurred just outside of Greeley, one of the few in eastern Colorado this year.