Quake rattles rural areas
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.