Colorado Quake at 5.3 Magnitude, Largest In 40 Years

By on Aug 24, 2011 in Natural Disasters, Science, United States, World Comments
Colorado quake map

Colorado Earthquake Map
Image Credit: USGS

A Colorado quake at 5.3 magnitude shook the Southern part of the state early Tuesday morning, August 23, 2011. The Colorado quake is considered as the largest felt by the state in more than 40 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

USGS revealed the Colorado quake‘s epicenter was located about seven miles southwest of Cokedale, and 180 miles south of Denver. Reports say that the quake lasted for almost 30 seconds.

There were reports of falling rocks along the highway and some structural damages in the area of Las Animas County that includes Cokedale.

USGS said that about seven quakes centered south of Cokedale were recorded as of 5 a.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) since midnight.

The largest recorded Colorado quake was a 6.5 magnitude on November 7, 1882 in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The latest quake tied the August 9, 1967 tremor that shook Colorado.

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