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A whole lotta shakin’ going on: Earthquakes rattle southern Colorado

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 7:01am MDT
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was the largest of 11 temblors to hit southern Colorado in the past 24 hours. (USGS)

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was the largest of 11 temblors to hit southern Colorado in the past 24 hours. (USGS) Click the image for more maps of the recent quakes on Examiner.com.

Nearly a dozen earthquakes have hit southern Colorado in the past 24 hours including a strong magnitude 5.3 temblor, the largest in the state since 1973.  The quakes are occurring nearly 10 years ago to the date that a similar earthquake swarm struck the same area near Trinidad.

Yesterday morning a minor magnitude 2.9 quake struck but that was merely a warm up for what was to follow.  A magnitude 4.6 quake then struck in the evening followed by the magnitude 5.3 quake just before midnight.

The USGS reports that the most powerful quake was felt as far away as the Denver metro area.  Some homes and highways were damaged in the area of the quake.

For the complete story on the quake, be sure to read the story on Examiner.com: Earthquake swarm strikes Colorado; Strong magnitude 5.3 biggest of 11 temblors

You can also monitor earthquake activity in Colorado on our earthquake page here.

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