Quake rat­tles ru­ral ar­eas

Los Angeles Times - - Late Extra -

A small earth­quake rumbled across south-cen­tral Ne­braska, rat­tling some ru­ral res­i­dences but caus­ing no sig­nif­i­cant dam­age, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said the mag­ni­tude-3.0 quake was felt across at least three Ne­braska coun­ties — mostly farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties — when it struck about 3 p.m.

“I’ve had nu­mer­ous re­ports of win­dows rat­tling, things shak­ing, but no real dam­age. It lasted just for a short time,” said Brian Woldt, spokesman for Daw­son County Emer­gency Man­age­ment.

Earth­quake ac­tiv­ity is rare in the Mid­west, though this year a mag­ni­tude-3.8 quake struck north­ern Illi­nois and parts of sur­round­ing states.

In the win­ter of 1811-12, the New Madrid fault zone in south­east­ern Mis­souri pro­duced three of the strong­est earth­quakes ever to strike the con­ti­nen­tal U.S.

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