Locals feel earthquake in Parachute

PARACHUTE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- For the town of Parachute, an earthquake is pretty rare. But for the locals that live there, life went on, and it was business as usual.

Early this morning, Parachute resident Mille Hoggan woke up to an earthquake.

"I was coming out of sleep all of a sudden because I heard this low rumble, and I was kind of shocked," Hoggan said.

She says she was woken up by shaking.

"I heard glass, and I felt the bed jiggle, and I thought to myself, is this an earthquake?" Hoggan said.

It's not exactly what she was expecting on a Friday morning in Western Colorado.

"It was the furthest thing from my mind, because, from what I understand, there aren't any major fault lines running through this area," Hoggan said.

"It really is rare and anybody that has lived here very long, like my husband was born and raised here, its like, very very rare," said Parachute resident Denise Chiaretta.

Denise says it woke her up too.

"I was asleep, and my bed shook. And it woke me up," Chiaretta said.

But other than the shock of shaking houses, no damage seemed to be done.

"It moved the glasses and the pictures and stuff," said Chiaretta said.

"I had a few friends on Facebook mention that some things fell off shelves, but nothing at our house," Hoggan said.

Denise says she thinks the quake happened naturally.

"We might contribute something to it, but no. It's just mother nature. One of those phenomenon in this area," Chiaretta said.

And for those that live in Parachute, its back to business as usual.

"If it were to have done a little more damage, then perhaps it would have been a bigger deal," Hoggan said.

The United States Geological Survey says the Earthquake was a 4.3 on the Richter scale, and was about 28 miles northwest of Parachute.

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