Light earth tremor strikes Panhandle

February 5, 2010 10:07:14 AM PST
A small earthquake rattled the remote Panhandle prairie west of Amarillo. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 3.3-magnitude quake happened at 3.41 a.m. Thursday and was centered in a remote area about 70 miles west-northwest of Amarillo. The quake's center was estimated to be a little more than three miles underground about 12 miles north of Vega in Oldham County.

The federal agency's scale shows that a 3.3-magnitude quake isn't likely to cause damage. Indeed, the Oldham County Sheriff's Office tells the Amarillo Globe-News that no injuries nor damage was reported.


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