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Earthquakes in Arizona: 3 Rare Tremors Rumble Under Phoenix

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By    |   Monday, 02 Nov 2015 09:54 AM

Three earthquakes shook residents of Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday night, producing some minor damage to property.

"I just heard this rumble and this movement and I thought it was my dog falling off the bed," Tempe City Councilwoman Lauren Kuby told The Arizona Republic. "It felt like a rumble and a slight movement and then like a thud."

"I was on the couch and my wife was at the table and our house definitely moved at 11:31 p.m," said local man Norris Nordvold. "We were babysitting our granddaughter … and she woke up, too."

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquakes struck at 8:59 p.m., 11:29 p.m., and 11:49 p.m. The earthquakes' magnitudes were measured as 3.2, 4.1, and 4.0, respectively.

The epicenters of the earthquakes were focused along the Agua Fria River, just a few miles north of Black Canyon City, itself roughly 20 miles north of Phoenix.

Being removed from the major fault lines of the West Coast, earthquakes are somewhat rare in Arizona. The last earthquake struck near Sedona in December 2014, and, previous to that, quakes in Baja California sent tremors all the way to Arizona in 2009.

"In general, it’s relatively small," said Zachary Reeves with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado,.of the 4.1-magnitude earthquake. "If people are in bed then people may not even be woken up by it."

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