Rio Blanco County

Third Earthquake in Just Over 24 Hours for Western Colorado

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Rio Blanco County experienced its third earthquake in a day Saturday as a magnitude 3.4 quake shook an area approximately 50 miles north of Grand Junction.

The quake occurred at 4:42 a.m. and was about one mile beneath the surface. It was located about four miles southwest of a 4.3 earthquake that occurred Friday morning. That quake was the strongest of the year in Colorado so far. A magnitude 2.9 quake was also recorded in the area Friday by the United State Geological Survey.

Strongest Earthquake of the Year in Western Colorado Overnight

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An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale was recorded in western Colorado overnight. The quake was centered in Rio Blanco County just a few miles from the location of an underground nuclear test site in the 1970s, and was one of four to occur in or near Colorado over the past 24 hours.

The United States Geological Survey reports that the earthquake occurred shortly after 4:00 a.m. in a sparsely populated area about 50 miles north of Grand Junction at a depth of more than three miles.

Oil & Gas Lease Auction Includes 59,000 Acres in Western Colorado

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The Bureau of Land Management plans to offer nearly 59,000 acres of land in Colorado at an upcoming oil and gas lease auction.

The lease sale, set for June 7, includes 64 parcels located in Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties in the northeast corner of the state. Bidding begins at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time at

The BLM is accepting public protests regarding the auction through April 30, which can be submitted to the BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215.

Another Earthquake Near Rangely Tuesday, 3 in Dolores County Saturday

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The United States Geological Survey has recorded the ninth earthquake of the year in the Rangely area.

A quake measuring 3.1 on the Richter Scale - updated from the original 3.0 estimate - was reported Tuesday. It occurred at 4:45 p.m. and was centered about three miles north of Rangley in Rio Blanco county. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles beneath the surface. Seven people have reported feeling the quake. No damage or injuries have been reported.

5 Earthquakes in Colorado this Week - Latest Near Rangely

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After a series of earthquakes in April, Rangely, in Rio Blanco county, is again the site of a series of quakes that began Thursday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the first quake, measuring 2. 5 on the Richter scale, occurred just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday. It was centered 2.5 miles north of Rangely at a depth of two miles.

The second earthquake was centered in the same area at a depth of about 3.5 miles. It occurred just before 2:00 p.m. and measured 2.4 on the scale.

West Slope Fire Approaches 18,000 Acres

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The Dead Dog Fire burning along the Rio Blanco and Moffat county border in western Colorado has grown to nearly 18,000 acres.

Winds gusting to 70 miles per hour Monday caused the fire to rapidly grow to 5,000 acres and led to evacuations in the area. Evacuation orders were later lifted. Wind continuing Tuesday helped more than triple the size of the blaze, which is located north of Rangely.