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Earthquakes shook parts of Colorado

At least two earthquakes hit Colorado early Friday morning, one near Trinidad and another near Parachute. Damage is expected to be minimal.
A USGS map showing the earthquake near Parachute.

KUSA — Two earthquakes hit Colorado early Friday morning according to data posted by the United States Geological Survey.

The first hit about 23 miles southwest of Trinidad near the New Mexico border around 1 a.m. local time. It had a magnitude of 3.2, according to the USGS website.

There was a second larger earthquake, northwest of Parachute on the western slope around 4 a.m. USGS data shows it had a magnitude of 4.3. Residents in Parachute and Rangely were impacted the most, but residents in Grand Junction. Clifton, Meeker, Battlement Mesa and Fruitville would have felt weak shaking, a map on the USGS website shows.

A map of the "shake area" due to an earthquake near Parachute.

A third quake was reported around 5:20 a.m., also near Parachute, although it's unclear from the data if that would be considered an aftershock or a separate earthquake. It had a magnitude of 2.9.

The potential for damage is small due to the size of the quakes, according to the USGS.

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