Another quake rattles south-central Kansas

Earthquake (KSN File Photo)
Earthquake (KSN File Photo)

CALDWELL, Kansas (AP) – A south-central Kansas county has been shaken by its second minor earthquake in two days.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a quake with a magnitude of 3.3 rattled Sumner County just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The tremor was centered about 11 miles northwest of Caldwell – a few miles from where a 3.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded around 3 a.m. Monday.

No damage was reported from either quake.

A 3.8-magnitude earthquake shook the same vicinity Dec. 16.

Small earthquakes in southern Kansas have become more common, with more than two dozen recorded over the past two years. The area has been the site of increased oil and gas drilling since 2011. Scientists disagree on whether that causes the earthquakes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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