Dec 02, 2019 2:00 PM

7 small earthquakes rattle Kansas over the weekend

Posted Dec 02, 2019 2:00 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Seven small earthquakes have rattled Kansas since Saturday, with all but one of them clustered near Wichita.

The Kansas Geological Survey reports that six of the tremblers were centered in southwest Sedgwick County. They ranged in magnitude from 2 to 3.1.

A seventh earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 was reported in Rooks County in the north-central part of the state. The threshold for damage usually starts at 4.0.

The earthquakes hit as the Kansas Corporation Commission is investigating the cause of a swarm of 17 earthquakes in five days in the same area of central Kansas in August. The regulatory agency’s investigation is focused on the underground disposal of oilfield waste that has been blamed for quakes elsewhere in southern Kansas.

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Kansas man remains jailed for alleged arson at apartment complex

HUTCHINSON — A Kansas man remains in custody for suspicion of arson for an incident in the Plaza Towers Apartments, 17 E. 2nd Street in Hutchinson.

Just before 10p.m. November 26, officers were called to assist Hutchinson firefighters after Abraham Tinsley allegedly started a fire in his apartment to try to commit suicide and injure others in the building, according to police.

The incident did cause some damage to the apartment and forced the evacuation of the entire building.

Tinsley is also accused of striking a woman in the head who was helping evacuate the building. For this, he also faces a battery charge.

Tinsley is being held on a $53,000 bond and will be back in court this week.