According to the United States Geological Survey, four earthquakes rattled across Colorado overnight, striking in the early hours of Friday morning.

Here’s a breakdown of where they were felt and how powerful they were:

1. 30 miles from Battlement Mesa, Colorado and northwest of Parachute (4:02 AM) – Magnitude 4.3

2. 25 miles from Trinidad, Colorado (12:56 AM) – Magnitude 3.6

3. 24 miles from Trinidad, Colorado (1:59 AM) – Magnitude 3.2

4. 29 miles from Battlement Mesa, Colorado (5:21 AM) – Magnitude 2.9

To put that in perspective, earthquakes that fall in the Magnitude Rating Class of 3.0 – 3.9 are typically felt by people but rarely cause damage. Earthquakes in the Magnitude Rating Class of 4.0 – 4.9 are stronger, felt by most people with minimal damage common and moderate to significant damage unlikely.

According to the Denver Post, no damage has been reported.

525 earthquakes have been recorded in Colorado since 1973, with the largest quake having a Magnitude of 5.4. This was caused by an underground nuclear test. The largest natural earthquake occurred near Trinidad in 2011, reaching a Magnitude of 5.3.

 

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