Quake rattles much of western Kansas

HAYS — Many western Kansans reported feeling the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that occurred near Zurich on Saturday shortly before 4 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed what many say they felt at 3:50 a.m.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 3.8 miles east southeast of Zurich, about 23.1 miles north of Hays and about four miles west of Plainville, according to the USGS.

A “Did you feel it” map of the quake at earthquake.usgs.gov showed people reporting they felt it as far away as Omaha, Neb.; Gravity, Iowa; Leavenworth; Claremore, Okla.; Fairview, Okla.; and Golden and Loveland, Colo.

A Facebook post shortly after the quake by the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office had a picture of the department’s police dog and read “K9 Koda just rode out his scariest Earthquake EVER in Rooks County, Koda wants to know who else woke up, felt it, and where you were at when it happened?”

Smaller earthquakes were reported in Ellis, Russell and Rooks counties on Thursday and Friday. A 3.3 was reported northwest of Plainville at 5:49 a.m. Friday; a 2.5 was recorded at 5:06 a.m. Friday in Russell County south of Gorham; and a 2.5 at about 2 a.m. about 10 miles east of U.S. Highway 183 along the Saline River in Ellis County just a few miles south of the border with Rooks County.