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2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul earthquake

Date:

11:12 PM; January 11, 2012

Magnitude:

5.8 (Richter scale)

Depth:

2.4 miles (3.8 km)

Epicenter:

44° 57′ 0″ N, 93° 12′ 0″ W

Countries/Regions affected:


United States
Canada

Intensity:

MM VII

Casualties:

26 reported

The 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul earthquake (also known as the First Twin Cities earthquake) was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region of Minnesota on January 11, 2012, at 11:12 PM local time. The second notable earthquake of the year, and second weakest, it struck the Twin Cities area late at night, though many residents of the cities awoke to the sound of breaking glass and shaking of their homes and buildings. In Minneapolis, eight were killed when several roof girders of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome fell into the structure, and the other four were killed when sections of the US Bank Plaza's facade collapsed onto the northwest-facing sidewalk lining 3rd Ave. South. The 3rd Avenue Bridge that spanned the Mississippi developed serious fractures that necessitated the demolition of the bridge on March 10, severely disrupting traffic until its replacement span was completed in April. In St. Paul, falling portions of the facade and glass window panes from the Wells Fargo Plaza killed nine along the sidewalks of E. 7th and Cedar Streets, and the other four died when sections of the walkway over West Kellogg Blvd. collapsed into the street. Slightly over $1.2 million in damage resulted, though recovery took until April, due to the closure and replacement of the 3rd Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

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