This morning at 2:43 a.m., a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Black Hills near Custer State Park. Some people told KOTA Territory News they thought it was a plane crash or meteor, but James Plautz, who lives near the epicenter, knew exactly what it was. "All of a sudden I heard a bang and a jolt and I was jolted awake and everybody was shaking," said Plautz.
Plautz's wife is from California and knows an earthquake when she feels one, so when this one shook their home he was immediately alerted. "My wife had been in earthquakes before. She was scared and I said there's nothing we can do about it and let's see if there's any aftershocks or anything, but nothing happened so far and it's been six or seven hours," said Plautz.
After the early morning quake Plautz said he called his neighbors to make sure they felt the same thing and sure enough they too experienced this same shaking. Plautz said he isn't worried about earthquakes in the future, but this one did surprise him.