Six Earthquakes Occurring Over a Span of Two Days Are Shaking an American City

Six Earthquakes Occurring Over a Span of Two Days Are Shaking an American City
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Wichita is a city located in south-central Kansas that reported a population of a bit over 389,000 people in 2019. The east part of the city has been dealing with a phenomenon that you don’t see happening every day: on Monday morning, the region faced the sixth earthquake in only two days, as Kansas.com reveals.

Fortunately enough, all of the recent jolts were far too weak in order to pose a threat. The last two quakes from Monday came rapidly one after another: the first at 8:52 am, while the second one started at 8:59 am. Experts estimated that the magnitude of the first quake was 3.1, while the other jolt from Monday had only a 3.2 magnitude.

3.9 magnitude represented the maximum power

The biggest jolt from the recent series of six reached only a 3.9 magnitude – it occurred on Sunday at 6:08 pm. Retired Wichita State University geology professor Dr. Sal Mazzullo is one of those wondering when the earthquakes first started. He declared:

…Well, there’s obviously a fault underground right there. Why is it moving? Well, it’s a buildup process.

Mazzullo also takes fracking into account, and he added:

Although it’s possible, but if that were the case, I would expect them to be more scattered geographically,

They’re on one spot.

Southcentral Alaska was also the playground of another tectonic phenomenon recently, as our website previously wrote. Although the jolt had a magnitude of only 4.5, it was felt across wide areas of Alaska.

Fortunately, there was no clue of anyone getting hurt by the earthquake from southcentral Alaska. The quake was centred about 69 miles west of Anchorage and around 15 miles northeast of Mount Spurr.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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