4.2 magnitude earthquake in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A series of earthquakes shook parts of Kansas on Friday morning near Hutchinson, knocking down ceiling tiles and breaking some windows.

The largest earthquake measured 4.2 and struck around 8 a.m., with an epicenter about 3 miles from Hutchinson. The U.S. Geological Survey received reports that it was felt in Topeka; Ponca City, Oklahoma; and even Kansas City, Missouri, which is some 200 miles from Hutchinson.

Three temblors with magnitudes ranging from 2.8 to 3.3 quickly followed in the same area, said Rick Miller, a senior scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey. He said the epicenters were within 200 yards of each other, near the intersection of U.S. 50 and Kansas 96. A 2.5 earthquake on Wednesday may have been a foreshock, Miller said.