Minor earthquake reported in Apache County

APACHE COUNTY — An earthquake registering 3.1 on the Richter Scale occurred 14.9 miles north-northwest of St. Johns at around midnight Sept. 23.

According to the US Geological Survey, the event was documented by the Tucson seismology station and occurred about 5 kilometers underground.

It’s unclear how many area residents may have felt the minor quake. No damage is known to have been reported.

“It felt like when a hard microburst suddenly hits the side of the house, or a big construction truck goes rumbling by you from 3 feet away,” said St. Johns resident and contributing reporter Amber Shepard.

Earthquakes are uncommon in the region, according to data on earthquake track.com. The most recent earthquakes near St. Johns include a 3.6 magnitude quake in Laguna, New Mexico three years ago and two quakes in Morenci, both seven years ago; one was 3.5 and the other measured 3.6.

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Marc-V-Ridenour

I think we are indeed the Last Days of the End Times. Jesus predicted that there would be earthquakes in diverse places. God help us if the New Madrid Fault up by Iowa lets rip!


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