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4.5 Earthquake Strikes Colorado Near Utah Border

BEDROCK, Colo. – A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit an area near the Utah-Colorado border, approximately 60 miles southeast of Moab.

The quake happened Monday at 10:22 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS originally reported the incident as a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, but it was downgraded to 4.6 minutes later. It was further downgraded to 4.5 less than two hours after the event.

The USGS noted there was a 54 percent chance that another earthquake of magnitude 3 or higher could hit the area.

“When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater,” according to the USGS, “which means that the chance of damage is greater.”

An aftershock measuring 1.9 struck at the same location at 10:41 a.m.

Some residents as far away as Moab said they felt the shaking, although officials in the area said there were no reports of damage.


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