5.3 Magnitude Hit Dove Creek Colorado
The USGS is reporting a 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook western Colorado near Dove Creek.
Early Monday, March 4 around 10 a.m., an earthquake shook Dove Creek, Colo. The effects of the earthquake were reported as far north as Fruita and Grand Junction.
According to the USGS website, there was little likelihood that any damage or injuries were caused by this quake.
The USGS says the Paradox Valley has low seismic activity averaging around a 2 magnitude. The highest recorded earthquake was a 4.4 magnitude in 2000.
Earthquakes in the area generally do not coincide with mapped faults, and many are mining-induced. Although the salt anticlines and faults are favorably oriented with respect to the modern tectonic stresses, geologically young faulting is due to dissolution-related collapse or remobilization of salt, which likely does not cause moderate or large earthquakes and strong ground shaking. However, the deeper-seated Moab fault extends below the Paradox Formation and may experience tectonic displacements.
We'll update this post as more information becomes available.