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Staff Reports
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A resident of Canyon Creek said on Friday that he felt a small earthquake that gently shook the Colorado River valley region early on March 27.

The quake, which measured 2.9 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, happened at shortly before 1 a.m., and was followed by an even milder aftershock at around 7 a.m. that same morning, according to Dave Smith.

Smith, who works for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, said he was awake at 1 a.m. when “all of a sudden it started.” He said articles around his house were clattering and clinking, although nothing broke.

And the next morning, he said, he went outside his house and noticed a small amount of rocks and dirt had fallen from the nearby hillside.

The popular Hanging Lake Trail will be closed from May 1 through Aug. 1, and from Sept. 15-20, to allow the replacement of the boardwalk around the lake and the reconstruction of sections of the trail, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week.

In a news release, the agency said more than a million people have used the amenity since it was built in 1992 and that is has “outlived its design life.”

The Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail will remain open “except during those times when there are helicopters working in support of the project,” the USFS stated.

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