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July 25, 2001

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EL DORADO: Earthquake shakes Kansas communities

A small earthquake Tuesday morning shook up the communities of El Dorado and Augusta, but caused no injuries or damage.

The 9:02 a.m. quake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was centered 10 miles west of El Dorado along the Humboldt Fault Zone, said Rex Buchanan, associate director of the Kansas Geological Survey at Kansas University.

The Humboldt Fault Zone runs southwest from Nemaha in northern Kansas down as far as Sumner County. Buchanan says the fault usually generates a small quake about once a year.

Butler County Emergency Management coordinator Jim Schmidt said the office had not gotten any reports of damage.

Kansas has not had a major quake since 1867, when a 5.5 quake hit Wamego, east of Manhattan, Buchanan said.

OVERLAND PARK: Teen-agers arrested for shooting BBs at cars

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of shooting BB guns earlier in the summer at vehicles on Interstate 435.

Nine vehicles were hit and sustained thousands of dollars' worth of damage, and one man was cut by glass when a BB came through a car window July 1.

The shootings began June 27 and continued until about a week ago.

Three tips led Overland Park police on Monday to three men, ages 18 and 19, all residents of the same apartment complex.

Officers arrested the men and took a BB gun from one of their apartments, Overland Park Detective Kevin Duncan said. The three were not immediately charged.

Detectives also were investigating whether the men shot at cars parked near their homes in June and hurled a rock off from an overpass above I-435, damaging a vehicle's roof.

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