People from Nebraska to South Dakota experienced the earth moving under them Sunday afternoon, December 10, 2023.

According to the US Geological Survey, a large area of South Dakota centered around Wakonda experienced a mild to weak earthquake Sunday afternoon.

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The rare South Dakota event took place 5.1 miles under the surface and registered a magnitude of 3.0.

While earthquakes are rare in South Dakota they do occur from time to time. The most significant earthquake recorded in South Dakota happened near Wessington Springs on November 6, 1911, with an estimated magnitude of around 4.5.

Another nearby earthquake Sunday afternoon was just south of Hastings, Nebraska  and measured 4.2 on the Richter Scale, according to the US Geological Survey.

The US Geological survey asks residents to report it if you felt either of these events on Sunday as it helps them to really "zero in on the effects."

"Our feet were just jiggling and bouncing around." ~ Kim Harig, worker at the Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud, Nebraska, via MSN.

The strongest earthquake recorded in Nebraska's history happened on April 24, 1882. The quake, centered near Valentine, had an estimated magnitude of around 5.5. On this occasion there were two quakes about 45 minutes apart that was felt from Lincoln, to Omaha, to Sioux City.

The 1990 South Dakota State University Hobo Day Riots

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10 Wild South Dakota Snowstorms

Even though snow is blanketing the Sioux Empire, some snowstorms still do not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlighted ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the road during the winter. South Dakotans are well aware of the fact that the state’s winters can be harsh which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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