Earthquake Shakes Worland, Wyoming

A 3.9 earthquake occurred about 40 miles southeast of Worland, Wyoming on Tuesday morning.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

April 13, 20211 min read

Worland earthquake

It’s not like the movie “San Andreas” where California got annihilated by a 9.1 earthquake or anything.

But Wyoming did have a “relatively” rare earthquake on Tuesday.

The temblor, registering a magnitude of 3.9, was reported about 40 miles southeast of Worland.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake hit at 6:22 a.m. and occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 8.5 miles.

People in many Wyoming towns reportedly felt the earthquake quake from Worland to Ten Sleep to Casper.

While Tuesday’s earthquake was the strongest seen in Wyoming in the last 30 days, it wasn’t the only one, according to “Volcano Discovery,” which maintains a database of earthquakes occurring around the country.

The website said three other earthquakes with magnitudes between 2.0 and 3.0 were detected in Yellowstone National Park on March 25 and in southwestern Wyoming on March 19.

In addition, in the past 30 days there have been more than 90 earthquakes with a magnitude below 2.0, which people do not usually feel.

“Swarms” of small earthquakes are regularly recorded in Yellowstone, which is considered one of the most seismically active locations in the world.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

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