Small 2.6, 2.7 magnitude earthquakes rattle Wichita

November 29, 2020 - 8:39 am
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Small earthquakes rattled Wichita for two straight days. 

An earthquake on Thursday measured 2.7 on the Richter scale, while one on Friday had a magnitude of 2.6. 

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United States Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said 26 people "in and around Wichita" reported to the USGS feeling Friday's earthquake. The earthquake on Thursday hasn't yet been reported to the USGS. Both had epicenters in the eastern part of the city.

Caruso added: "People generally if they felt it would be close to the epicenter and they would experience a little bit of vibration. Maybe they would see their chandelier swinging back and forth. We certainly wouldn't expect any damage to be caused by anything that small."

The threshold for damage usually starts at 4.0.

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