Rumbling through the Sandhills, an earthquake rattled folks across Custer County on Monday. That includes Shannon Cooksley, who was in her kitchen writing checks.
She said, “All of a sudden there was a shaking and a horrible rumble.”
The Cooksley’s picturesque Sandhills ranch was near the epicenter of an earthquake, with a magnitude of 3.5.
Cooksley said, “People in Broken Bow didn’t know what was going on. I heard reports on the radio that maybe a plane had crashed at the airport or maybe a train had derailed.”
Shannon and her husband Kevin Cooksley have seen a lot, as Kevin told NTV in July 2014.
“Weathering drought and natural disasters,” he said.
But an earthquake is a first for their ranch, and their recently remodeled home a carpenter said was well-built, like a barn.
Shannon said, “To make it shake, it had to be fairly strong, or fairly close anyway.”
State Geologist Matt Joeckel was watching the reports on the U.S Geological Survey website from his office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He said, “This is by any standard a weak earthquake, certainly strong enough to be felt because people have felt it, but not strong enough to do significant damage.”
The state geologist says there’s little to fear in Nebraska. Earthquakes happen every few years, with little damage.
From a scientific perspective, each quake helps them learn more, and unlock the secrets of seismic activity in the state.
Joeckel said, “These earthquakes that occur in the continental interior away from major mapped faults are a little bit mysterious.”
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