Small earthquake shook SE of Lander last week; No reports of damage or shaking

(Lander, Wyo.) – The earth shook in Fremont County last week, according to the United States Geological Survey, who reported the small shaker came in at a magnitude of 3.1 on the Richter Scale. The USGS said the quake was located about 7 miles southeast of Lander, and about 25 miles southwest of Riverton at a depth of about 8.3 miles, just before 3 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd. The location was about 1 mile due west of the Rawlins intersection.

An earthquake of that magnitude is qualified as minor, because it rarely causes damage, but is often felt by people and can shake indoor objects, according to our news partner KTAK/KVOW. There were no reports of damage. In fact, the only notice that an earthquake had occurred was a report from a ground sensor picked up by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte, at Montana Tech.

(Map from USGS Earthquake site via Google Maps)