Small Earthquake Felt in West-Central Minnesota

May 2, 2011

A small earthquake recently shook parts of west-central Minnesota, but there are no reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey puts the magnitude at 2.5 and says it struck at 2:20 a.m. on April 29.

It was felt in Alexandria. Sgt. Tom Egan of the Douglas County sheriff’s office says staff at the county’s 911 center felt it, and took 25 to 30 calls from the public, mostly from people who were curious about it. He says callers reported some noise and minor movement, including slight bouncing of ceiling tiles. But he says there are no reports of damage or anyone hurt.

The Geological Survey says the largest earthquake recorded in Minnesota was a magnitude 4.6 quake in 1975 that caused minor damage to walls and foundations in Stevens County around Morris.

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