Report of Earthquake South of Colorado Springs a Mistake

January 21, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake reported in southern Colorado didn’t actually happen.

USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman tells The Denver Post a faulty sensor and a newer geological analyst who misread computer data resulted in the faulty report Monday morning. He says the sensor was likely triggered by a series of temblors in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma.

The USGS originally reported that the quake happened at about 3 a.m. and was centered about 12 miles southeast of Fountain.

Colorado sometimes experiences earthquakes, but they are generally minor and do not cause any damage.

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