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Earthquake jolts Lander, reservation; no damage

Sep 22, 2013 - Staff and wire reports

Fremont County residents got a Saturday morning jolt when a 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook the area.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., which monitors earthquakes nationwide, reported that the epicenter of Saturday's shaker was about 9 miles west of Fort Washakie.

The quake was felt widely on the Wind River Indian Reservation and around Lander.

Witnesses reported a rolling sensation at the beginning of the earthquake, followed by a few seconds of shaking No injuries or damage were reported.

John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said the temblor occurred at 7:16 a.m. about 45 miles underground.

He said it was "too deep of an earthquake to cause any damage. ... A lot of people might have felt something but they wouldn't know what they felt because it woke them up."

No aftershocks had been registered as of Sunday morning. Aftershocks usually are associated with stronger earthquakes.

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