Earthquake Poses No Danger To Oahe Dam, Officials Say

In case you haven’t heard, South Dakota experienced an earthquake today:

PIERRE (AP) — The USGS Earthquake Center has confirmed a rare South Dakota earthquake centered near the state’s capital city on Tuesday afternoon.
The center says a magnitude 3.4 quake hit three 3 miles west of Pierre at 2:45 p.m. CDT.
No damage has been reported, but people in the city reported hearing multiple booms.
The USGS says the last earthquake recorded in South Dakota was on Feb. 7, 2007, when a 3.1 magnitude quake hit 15 miles west-northwest of Wall.

Naturally, the first question many people have asked is whether the Oahe Dam is OK. During a nightly teleconference, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the dam was built to withstand higher magnitude earthquakes than Tuesday’s 3.4 rumbler and that initial inspections have turned up no concerns.

But you may want to keep an eye on the conspiracy websites, because I’m sure they’ll have some creative story lines!

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