3.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Tyndall area

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Tyndall area on Monday morning, but no damages were reported.

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The Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office serves to protect the county's 7,003 residents, spread across nearly 600 square miles. (File photo)

TYNDALL, S.D. -- Tyndall area residents woke up to a rare earthquake on Monday morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit an area roughly 4 miles northwest of Tyndall in Bon Homme County. No damages were reported from the earthquake. Tyndall is located roughly 60 miles south of Mitchell.

While earthquakes in South Dakota are rare, it marked the second one in the state over the past two months. In early December, Edmunds County experienced a 3.2 magnitude earthquake.

Edmunds County is located in the north central portion of the state roughly 40 miles west of Aberdeen.

Damage typically does not occur in earthquakes less than about 4 to 5 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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