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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake rattles Colorado-New Mexico border

Sorry no one told you about this one....not enough of a story to cause national fear...

Dean Moltrer laughs as he finds mail in a mailbox crushed when the front of a brick building collapsed from an earthquake in Segundo, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years shook awake hundreds of people Monday, toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - A 5.3 earthquake rattled residents along the Colorado-New Mexico border at 11:46 PM Monday night.

The earthquake was centered 9 miles west-southwest of Trinidad, Colorado and 180 miles south of Denver.

Prior this earthquake there were three smaller ones earlier in the day - a 3.0, 4.6, and 2.9.

As of 7:30 AM Tuesday there have been 7 aftershocks ranging from magnitude 2.5 to 3.5.

This is the most powerful Colorado earthquake since 1973 when a 5.7 magnitude struck the northwest part of the state, about 50 miles north of Grand Junction.

There are reports of minor damage to homes in the Trinidad area. Groceries also fell of shelves at stores.

Officials are also investigating reports of rockslides on area roads but this has not been confirmed.

For a list of 2.5 magnitude of greater earthquakes in the last 7 days click here.

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