5.2 magnitude Earthquake strikes close to Arizon and New Mexico Border

5.2 magnitude Earthquake strikes close to Arizon and New Mexico Border
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Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 4:10pm

Earthquake felt as far as 175 miles away

Another Earthquake struck on Sunday, on June 29,2014 at about 8:30 a.m. according to the USGS website.

It was located about 30 miles NW of Lordsburg, New Mexico with a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale. This could be an aftershock of Saturday's 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake struck 31 miles NW of Lordsburg, NM Saturday night.

In fact, the epicenter of the quake was located right on the border of Arizona and New Mexico.
Thankfully, no damage or injuries have been reported.

To get a clearer picture of how intense this earthquake was lets take a closer look at the earthquake magnitude scale.

Magnitude Earthquake Effects Estimated Number Each Year:

•2.5 or less
Usually not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph. These occur about 900,000 times a year.

•2.5 to 5.4
Often felt, but only causes minor damage. Happens about 30,000 times a year.

•5.5 to 6.0
Slight damage to buildings and other structures. Occur about 500 times a year.

•6.1 to 6.9
May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. Happens about 100 times a year.

•7.0 to 7.9
Major earthquake. Serious damage. Only happen 20 times a year

•8.0 or greater
Great earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter. This one happens at least once every 5 to 10 years

Earthquakes are also classified in categories ranging from minor to great, depending on their magnitude.

Class Magnitude
Great 8 or more
Major 7 - 7.9
Strong 6 - 6.9
Moderate 5 - 5.9
Light 4 - 4.9
Minor 3 -3.9

The one that happened this morning by Lordsburg was categorized as a minor earthquake according to the class and magnitude scale, but the one that took place last night was categorized as a Moderate earthquake.

The earthquake that took place Saturday night was most likely a shallow earthquake, which means it originate within 40 miles of the Earth’s outer surface.

In fact, the great majority of earthquakes are shallow.
 

Saturday's quake was felt as far away as Phoenix and El Paso, Texas, both about 175 miles from the epicenter, as well in parts of Mexico, which begins some 80 miles to the south.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the temblor struck at 9:59 p.m. PDT Saturday and was centered in southeastern Arizona, about 35 miles east of Safford.

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