RIDGWAY – The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that two small earthquakes shook the Ridgway area early Thursday morning.
USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso said the first earthquake took place at 7:11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, and measured a magnitude of 2.9. A second earthquake took place five minutes later, at 7:16 a.m., and measured a magnitude of 2.6. Both earthquakes occurred near the Ridgway Reservoir.
“These were minor quakes,” Caruso said. “They are the smallest ones anyone can actually feel.”
Caruso said those who did report feeling the earthquakes felt them “very weakly.”
According to the USGS, the earthquakes occurred at approximate depths of three miles.
Other than saying that the two earthquakes were very small events, Caruso would not speculate as to the danger the two small earthquakes might have had on the integrity of the Ridgway Reservoir dam.
Earthquakes in that region are not uncommon, he added.
“We actually get a lot of quakes there,” he said. “You have two hot springs in the area. Any time you have hot springs, that can be an indication of active faults.”
There were no reports of damage or injuries.