Small earthquake reported in south-central Kansas

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP/KWCH) A small earthquake was reported in south-central Kansas on Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles southwest of Hutchinson, Kansas, shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday.

"I was sitting there and everything started shaking and rattling. I was like, oh, that was an earthquake, but it was like the biggest one I’ve ever felt. I actually like felt it," said Emily Dilbeck, who felt the earthquake.

Emily Dilbeck was gathered with her family Sunday afternoon to celebrate the first birthday of a relative and cheer on the Chiefs.

Dilbeck said, "This one was like one of the biggest I’ve ever felt."
Abby Spitler added, "It was longer too, I think."
Dilbeck said, "On our first day of school, there was one and it was like a big thud and I couldn’t feel it too much. But this one I was definitely able to feel."

The Hutchinson News reported that Sunday's earthquake happened near where several previous earthquakes have happened in Reno County.

Brian Johnson, who felt the quake, said "The way it felt, it was very much of a swing. You’re pretty much grabbing on to things. It’s either that or try to run out of the house. Think it’s the first we’ve felt something of that magnitude around here."

Brian Johnson said after the quake, he came out to see a crack on the exterior wall of his house.

"It’s definitely a new experience. Kind of worried about my family and everything. If something of that magnitude happens again, hopefully, the ceiling or something like that won’t fall on you or try to get your family out in time," said Johnson.

Kansas began seeing a spike in earthquakes in 2014 that were blamed on wastewater injection wells from oil and gas production.

The number of quakes began tapering off after oil prices dropped and regulations were enacted.

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1/19/2020 2:09:49 PM (GMT -6:00)