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Earthquake 30 miles south of Tensleep recorded at 3.9 magnitude

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 12:13 AM CDT
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TENSLEEP, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A 3.9 earthquake was recorded in the early morning hours of April 13th. It was located 62 miles northeast of Riverton, and about 30 miles south of Tensleep.

The earthquake was considered minor and the U.S. Geological Survey received reports of it being felt in Casper, Riverton, Kaycee, Green River, Thermopolis, and of course Tensleep.

It is recorded as having an 8.5 mile depth, and has been deemed naturally occurring and not caused by human activity. Paul Earle, seismologist for the USGS said it is unlikely there is any connection to Yellowstone.

Earle added, “If you look back about 20 years, we see about 25 earthquakes magnitude 2.5 and larger within about 50 miles of this earthquake. There’s a fair number of earthquakes, and if you’re right close to a magnitude 2.5, you can feel that. So, 25 earthquakes that could potentially be felt if someone was close by, in the last 20 years.”

The seismologist urges everyone whether they live in a common earthquake area or not, to be prepared with an emergency plan, and to know the protocol of drop, cover, and hold on.

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