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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Earthquake rattled county early this week

  • People felt tremors, but there were no reported damages Monday morning when a 4.2 earthquake rattled Sumner County. According to the National Weather Service, the quake was centered near Caldwell, and was felt in Wellington and Conway Springs.
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  • By James Jordan
    The Wellington Daily News
    People felt tremors, but there were no reported damages Monday morning when a 4.2 earthquake rattled Sumner County. According to the National Weather Service, the quake was centered near Caldwell, and was felt in Wellington and Conway Springs.
    Earthquakes that people actually feel are rare. Sumner County Emergency Management director James Fair said he only remembers about three in the 50 years he has lived in the county.
    Fair said he first heard about it on Facebook.
    Readers commented on the Wellington News' page, as well. Several people reported houses shaking and items rattling on shelves. One person said he thought someone was outside, but he realized what it was when he found no one there. People in Caldwell said windows shook.
    Earthquakes are rare in Kansas, and only those that measure more than 3.5 on the Richter Scale are recorded. The scale measures the intensity of an earthquake. A 5.0 would be 10 times that of a 4.0 quake, according to the National Geological Society.
    One of the strongest earthquakes in the history of Kansas- a 5.5 on the Richter scale- happened in 1952, and was centered in Medicine Lodge. It caused damage and was felt throughout most of the state.
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