Light Earthquake hits Kansas

Most Kansans probably felt nothing, but an earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 3:15 a.m. Friday, March 23.

The quake, which registered a magnitude of 3.1 on the Richter scale, was centered at 39.463 degrees north, 95.340 degrees west, which is about 3 35 miles north-northeast from Topeka.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management did not receive any reports of injuries or damages as a result of the quake.

Earthquakes are a relatively rare occurrence in the state. The earliest recorded instance occurred April 24, 1867. Several minor injuries were reported and minor damage was reported in Lawrence and Manhattan.

This quake was possibly the greatest magnitude that ever occurred in Kansas. Since then, some 14 quakes of various magnitudes have been felt in the state.

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