A Weak Earthquake Detected Sunday Afternoon

On Sunday, September 26, 2010 a weak earthquake was detected 6 miles southwest of Oconto in Custer County by the United States Geological Survey.  The earthquake measured a magnitude of 3.0 on the Richter Scale.  No damage has been reported. 

Earthquakes in Nebraska are often infrequent and weak with magnitudes of 3.0 or less.  The previous time an earthquake occurred in western and north central Nebraska was on March 19, 2010 near Springview in Keya Paha County.  That earthquake measure a magnitude of 2.7.  The last time a moderate earthquake occurred in western and north central Nebraska was on March 28, 1964.  This earthquake occurred near Merriman Nebraska and measured a magnitude of 5.1.  Many cracks formed in the roadway south of Merriman, and steep slopes slumped into the Niobrara River.  Merchandise in stores was broken, dishes were broken, and stucco under windows cracked.  At Rushville, plaster fell and a wall cracked. 

Click on the link provided by the  United States Geological Survey for the exact location of the earthquake in Custer County.


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