Rare M4.5 earthquake rattles Kansas

A rare M4.5 earthquake hit north of Plainville early Saturday morning.

The quake was heard and felt across a wide region, including reports from Hays and WaKeeney, as well as Wichita and North Platte, Nebraska, more than 200 miles away.

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake hits near near Plainville, Kansas on June 22 2019. Map via USGS

The moderately strong quake struck at 3:50 a.m. Saturday and lasted a couple of minutes before subsiding.

According to USGS data the quake reached just over a mile deep near Plainville.

The quake is the largest in a series of Rooks County temblors recorded recently by the USGS.

Yes this is indeed most probably fracking…

It pretty much fits with the facking maps below, no?

More than 1000 people reported their shaky experiences on the USGS homepage, any where from 50 to 200 miles of the epicenter of the temblor.

While no other earthquakes were recorded in the past 24 hours in central Kansas, at least six recently struck off the coast of Oregon, two of them registered a 5.4 magnitude. Keep safe!

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