Ophir shakes from Silverton-area quake

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office checked out the Ophir area Friday morning, March 10, after an earthquake that occured about 8.6 miles east of Rico rattled it. (Courtesy photo/SMCSO)

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook a rural section of the San Juan mountains between Silverton and Rico Friday, with rumblings felt near Ophir, where, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, loud noise also was reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s records show the quake hit about 8.6 miles east of Rico. A second, small quake of 2.2 magnitude also was documented about an hour after the first.

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