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Earthquake in Tucson Rattles Residents; Originated in New Mexico

By    |   Monday, 30 Jun 2014 12:33 PM

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake that originated in New Mexico on Saturday rattled much of southern Arizona, including Tucson residents.

Lee Allison, director of the Arizona Geological Survey, told KOLD-TV that the earthquake centered 30 miles northwest of Lordsburg in New Mexico was a reminder of how tremors can still happen in southern Arizona and can be powerful.

"A magnitude 5 earthquake releases 33 times as much energy as a magnitude 4," said Allison. "So, a magnitude 6 would be 33 times more than what we felt last night. A magnitude 7, 33 times that. So in 1887, we had a magnitude 7-7.5 earthquake over the line in Mexico. If that occurred today, that would be 1,000 times more powerful than the one that occurred last night."

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The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude could be revised after it receives sensor reports.

KOLD-TV reported it received calls from concerned viewers around the Tucson area about the earthquake, including the areas of Greenlee, Graham, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Gila and Pima late Saturday. Towns in eastern Arizona closer to the earthquake's epicenter, like Safford and Willcox, felt a much stronger shake.

"It just shook and I even turned to my husband and said, ‘Did you feel that?'" Tucson's Betty Stamatelatos told KOLD-TV. "Because it felt like if you put clothes in the washing machine, it goes into spin cycle you can feel the vibration."

Other Tucson residents said the earthquake caught them off guard while some took the tremor in stride, responding to it on Twitter.

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