Earthquake Shakes Up Colorado Monday Morning
It's not too often we have earthquakes in Colorado, or at least ones that we can feel. But on Monday morning a 3.8 magnitude earthquake gave Coloradans a shaky wakeup.
According to the National Weather Service, the quake was detected in the southeast corner of the state just before 3:30 a.m. A magnitude 3.8 is an earthquake you would notice, but it's not severe. Experts at Michigan Tech say that anything between 2.5 and 5.4 is 'often felt, but only causes minor damage.'
Colorado may be pretty familiar with tornados and fires and floods as of recent, but the ground shaking is a little less common. Colorado Geological Survey said that since 1867, there have been over 700 recorded quakes that were higher than a magnitude of 2.5.
'Colorado experiences fewer and less frequent earthquakes on average than more seismically active states like California,' Colorado Geological Survey reported. 'However, the state has experienced large natural (magnitude 6.5 or higher) and human-triggered earthquakes in recorded history and will continue to periodically experience large earthquakes in the future.'
USGS reported that the Monday morning earthquake had moderate shaking and very light damage near Springfield, Colorado, however light shaking could be felt as far as Lamar.
There's no reported property damage or suspected cause at this time. But according to KDVR, in recent years, some Colorado earthquakes near the New Mexico border have been caused by 'fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal,' reporting that researchers at University of Colorado found that Colorado is experiencing more noticeable earthquakes because that waste 'can seep into existing faults and that pressure can pry the rock apart and cause a fault to slide.' You can read more here.