Strongest Earthquake On Recent Record Strikes Jewell County


A fourth earthquake in less than 24 hours shook Jewell County Tuesday morning.

The quake struck just after 4:30 a.m. today and measured a magnitude 3.9 on the Richter Scale. It was centered approximately 5 miles southeast of Mankato, according to the USGS. This was the strongest earthquake of the now 10 quakes in total which have struck the area since the first week of April. Including aftershocks associated with those 10 quakes there have been 19 events in total between April 4 and June 13.

Three quakes hit the same area, but with separate epicenters, Monday morning and measured 3.8 and 3.1 and 3.2 respectively, and all struck within 15 minutes according to the USGS.

There are no reports of damage or injury from any of the quakes dating back to the first week of April, according to the Jewell County Sheriff’s Department. Some area residents reported that the initial quake yesterday was strong enough to knock items off of shelves in their homes.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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