Small Quake in NE Kansas Among Only a Few in 150 Years

By: AP
By: AP

NORTONVILLE, Kan. (AP) _ An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 is considered small anywhere and would be barely noted in quake-prone areas.

But a temblor of that intensity felt in northeast Kansas early Friday was one of only a few recorded in the region in 150 years, Don Steeples, a University of Kansas geophysicist, said Monday.

The temblor struck at 3:15 a.m. CDT Friday, 3 miles north of Nortonville in far northern Jefferson County, according to the National Earthquake Information Center Web site.

No damage or injuries were reported.

``I got an e-mail from one of my students who said it woke her family up,'' said Steeples.

Records show a small earthquake was felt in 1881 at the Leavenworth-Douglas County lines and a minor quake was recorded in 1902 south of Lawrence, he said. The largest-ever earthquake recorded in Kansas was in 1867 between Wamego and Manhattan, and registered between 5.2 and 5.5.

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