4.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Hutchinson area Friday morning


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW/AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.2 magnitude earthquake has rattled central Kansas.

“And the whole thing just shook,” said Amy Kraft, who was on a workout machine at the time of the quake. “So we jumped down because we thought a vehicle was coming through the front door.”

The quake was reported around 7:59 a.m. Friday about five miles southwest of Hutchinson. Reno County Emergency Management reported that they have not heard of any major damage.

Amy had video of the quake at her business, Kraft Electric.

“Things shook, for sure,” said Amy.

In the town of Burrton the administrative building was damaged in the basement. The walls buckled in the basement art room.

“I thought somebody hit the building with a car. But realized the wall was in the wrong place. And I watched the wall move,” said Burrton schools art teacher, Lyn Boone. “Yesterday we did all our emergency drills. And they (kids) were laughing at me when I made them get under the desk and do the earthquake drill.”

After the initial earthquake, there were several aftershocks, including a 3.1 magnitude about 11 minutes later.

Egbert’s Liquor had at least $1,000 in damages.

“You can see by the video, it hit and was over fast,” said Roy Freeman with Egbert Liquor. “And then, we had a tremor after this one. Because the bottles when we tried to clean stuff up, I’d say 15 minutes after this one went off, it tremored so some of the bottles were laying down. Some other stuff fell.”

Back in Burrton, they evacuated the high school portion of the school buildings out of an abundance of caution.

“I’m not a structural engineer,” said USD 369 Superintendent, Joan Simoneau. “And the high school we started checking structures and I saw some things. I didn’t know what I was looking at.”

The school did bring in a structural engineer from Wichita who later gave the all-clear for the high school building.

“Just making sure people are comfortable their kids are safe here. And that we will do everything we can,” said Simoneau. “Hopefully, this doesn’t end up being too expensive so we can the central office and the art room back to normal.”

Strataca said they have completed their assessment and they are “good to go”.

Hutchinson resident Sam Brown sent a picture he took at a grocery store where stuff fell from the shelves and ceiling tiles dropped to the floor.

Burrton high school classes have been moved to the middle school while an engineer assesses any possible damage.

Several in Hutchinson, Salina and Manhattan reported feeling the earthquake. The blue squares on the map below indicate areas where people reported they felt tremors.

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