HUERFANO- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook southern Colorado at 11:46 pm on Monday night- the strongest one felt in the region for 40 years.
The quake was centered seven miles west of Trinidad, at a depth of 2.5 miles, and was felt all the way from Raton, NM to Pueblo. Several aftershocks have rumbled the region since, with some reaching 3.9 on the Richter scale.
Residents from throughout the region contacted Sheriff’s departments and the United States Geological Survey in Golden to report the shaking and slight damage. Walls were cracked, and in Segundo, Ringo’s Market had thousands of dollars worth of liquor tumble off the shelves and break.
On Facebook, people immedaitely began posting their experiences, with a number of people trying to draw connections between the earthquake and ‘fracking’ being done in La Animas county by energy companies.
“Get used to the earthquakes,” one comment read. “Now that Shell is drilling and fracking in Huerfano County they will become more frequent.”