It seems a 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit Sedona 5am Sunday morning. I say “it seems” because NOBODY felt it! But, the Richter scale says it occurred. This is SO weird, as the Charlton Heston movie “Earthquake” was showing on one of the movie channels around the very same time. (I was actually up watching it!) Did YOU feel the quake?
(Courtesy of Laurie Merrill – Arizona Republic)
A 3.5-magnitude earthquake rumbled early Sunday in the Earth’s crust beneath ranch country north of Cottonwood, but local authorities said no one reported feeling it.
“There was an earthquake today?” Randy Warren of L’Auberge de Sedona’s command center said when contacted by a reporter. “I slept right through it.”
Sedona police dispatcher Steve Jones said police had received “absolutely” no reports of people feeling anything, let alone of damage.
“I didn’t feel a thing,” said Jones.
The same held true for police in Clarkdale, a dispatcher there said.
Arizona is no stranger to earthquakes, recording more than 50 in 2010, according to Northern Arizona University’s Earthquake Information Center.
But few register high enough on the Richter scale for people to notice, said David Brumbaugh, a professor and director of NAU’s earthquake center.
There may have been aftershocks after Sunday’s 5 a.m. quake, but aftershocks tend to be smaller and can’t be registered unless they have a magnitude of at least 2.5, Brumbaugh said.
The U.S. Geological Survey’s website said the quake took place about three miles beneath the surface and about 15 miles west of Sedona.
According to the USGS website, no earthquake in recorded history has caused deaths or injuries in Arizona. The earliest recorded Arizona earthquakes were recorded at Fort Yuma in the 1800s.
Still, Brumbaugh said, at least three earthquakes have caused damage. In 1940, a Southern California quake rumbled into Arizona, causing damage, as did a 6.2-magnitude quake in 1906 in northern Arizona, Brumbaugh said.
According to the USGS website, probably the most famous earthquake in the region occurred in 1887 near Bavispe, Mexico, about 190 miles southeast of Tucson. The temblor caused great destruction near its epicenter. In cities like Benson and Tucson, water in tanks spilled over, buildings cracked, chimneys were toppled, and railroad cars were set in motion, the website says.
Secondary shockwaves are usually less violent but can occur in hours, days, weeks or even months after the quake, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.