4.3 magnitude earthquake in Parachute felt in Eagle County early Friday morning
According to http://www.earthquaketrack.com, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near Parachute, Colorado, shook homes as far away as Eagle, about 75 miles away, at 4:02 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.
Other areas close to the earthquake include parts of Colorado, Utah and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
The quake hit about 30 miles northwest of Parachute.
Residents of Eagle flocked to Facebook Friday morning looking for answers about why babies were crying, dogs were barking and houses were shaking. Some, though, “slept like babies.”
According to Colorado Geological Survey, natural earthquakes have been recorded in the state since 1867. The Colorado Geological Survey maintains an Interactive Earthquake and Fault Mapserver, containing the location and information on all catalogued earthquakes.
At 4.3 magnitude, it is the strongest earthquake recorded in Colorado in 2018 and one of the largest ever recorded in the region, said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso. The quake occurred at a depth of 3.3 miles
“It was big enough that people would feel it, but it wouldn’t cause any damage,” he said.
He said it’s natural to have 4 magnitude earthquakes in Colorado.
A little over an hour later, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about a mile south of the first quake, according to the USGS site.
Caruso said it’s not uncommon for earthquakes of this magnitude to produce aftershocks and he believes the second strike was an aftershock.
Shallow earthquakes produce larger aftershocks and at a little over 3 miles underground, he said the first quake was very shallow.
Anyone who felt the shaking or notices any damage can also file a report at the independent Earthquake Report website.
The parcel where workforce housing is being proposed was listed for decades as belonging to the Colorado Department of Transportation.