Nemaha Ridge and Humboldt Fault
West of Kansas City is the Humboldt Fault and Nemaha Ridge, a buried granite mountain range that extends from Omaha to Oklahoma City. Though less active than New Madrid, there is still a potential for damaging earthquakes. On April 24, 1867, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.5 struck near Manhattan, Kansas. A similarly-sized earthquake today would damage buildings in surrounding towns, as well as reservoir dams and power plants.