Small earthquake reported Tuesday evening in Springfield

A very small earthquake was recorded Tuesday afternoon in Springfield, according to the U.S. Geological Society. No damage was reported in the temblor, which occurred about 9:30 a.m.. The earthquake measured a 2.3 magnitude on the Richter scale, a size that often goes undetected, according to experts. The quake’s epicenter was measured to be about 3 miles west of the town proper. Under USGS standards, a quake twice as strong as that measured Tuesday would be “not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions.” Although strong or even mid-sized earthquakes are extremely rare in Springfield, which is not located anywhere near a geological fault, small earthquakes – those under magnitude 2 – happen on average more than once a month, according to the USGS.

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