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Earthquake shakes Chadron

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A 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Nebraska-South Dakota border Sunday night. Map courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

If you were still awake just before midnight Sunday, you might have noticed the earth shaking.

“I heard a sound like a cat trying to climb the gutter pipe. It was actually shaking. It woke me up,” Robin Smith noted on Facebook.

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake shook the ground at 11:51 p.m. The tremor’s epicenter was 29 miles west-northwest of Chadron and 26 miles south of Hot Springs, S.D. It occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles below the surface.

Joyce Hardy was preparing her cell biology lectures when the earthquake hit and said it wasn’t immediately apparent what was happening.

“I thought the dogs were chasing the cat in the living room,” she remarked on Facebook.

According to the USGS, most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains experiences earthquakes infrequently, often going years without a tremor large enough to e felt. Several U.S. states have never reported a damaging quake.

Check back tomorrow or pick up the Nov. 16 print edition of The Chadron Record for more on Sunday's earthquake.

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