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Nearby earthquake shakes local residents

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/24/10

Many local residents began their Thursday [Nov. 18, 2010] morning with a thud. Most just went about their daily activities until learning of an earthquake in the area.

“It felt like a vacuum in the house and a door slammed,” Ann Cerny said. “Bill got up to see if a vehicle had hit the house.”

The Cernys live west and north of Rogers. They learned of the earthquake on the television news within a half hour.

Shelly Vyhlidal felt the shocks in her home in North Bend.

“The bed jumped and the house shuttered,” Vyhlidal said. “Living so close to the tracks, I assumed it was a train.”

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 7:02:35 a.m. Thursday morning. The earthquake was centered in Butler County, about six miles south of Schuyler. The quake took place 3.1 miles underground.

In a survey of response on the USGS website, there were two responses each from North Bend and Morse Bluff. There were people reporting feeling the quake as far away as Omaha, Tekamah and Leigh.

The earthquake was caused by a shift in the Humboldt fault zone that runs north and south, starting near Humboldt and running south into Kansas.

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