Recent Swarm of Earthquakes Near Arizona

Swarm of Earthquakes in Arizona

A magnitude 3.4 quake was reported in northwestern Littlefield, Arizona (northwest of Flagstaff) yesterday, April 8th, 2016. No damage or injuries were reported. It’s the largest so far in a recent swarm of earthquakes in that area that started on March 29 with a magnitude 2.3 quake. Since then, 19 more small quakes have occurred in the same area. Some of those quakes are so small that you wouldn’t even notice them. There would need to be a minimum magnitude of 2.5 to 3 quake for people to feel them.

Arizona Earthquake

Courtesy of USGS

The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) said the area has several active faults and that there could be more potentially active faults in the area. Lee Allison, Director of AZGS said “There is always a small chance that these are foreshocks and something larger could happen, but that’s only usually a few percent of the time”. But also noted “At this point, we’re not anticipating anything larger, much larger than the earthquakes we’ve already seen”.

The largest earthquake in Arizona was a magnitude 5.6 near the Arizona-Utah border on July 21, 1959. There were reports of minor damage to chimneys and walls, broken windows, and a rockslide at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon was attributed to the shock according to the USGS.

This serves as a reminder that you should always have an earthquake kit and know what to do in the event of an earthquake because you really don’t know when they will strike.

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6 Comments

  1. Jeff

    It could be foreshocks…that’s what I was thinking, but I guess it’s only a couple of per cent chance of that. Not too many people around there so I guess it will be okay.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Yeah but there are still people there so those people should definitely prepare earthquake kits and know what to do during an earthquake.

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  2. Sadie Chan

    Hi Andy,
    Living in Singapore, which is not an earthquake zone, I do feel very lucky. However, there are always News of Earthquakes in my surrounding regions like Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia. I do remember I was on holiday in Taiwan when there was an earthquake measuring a Magnitude of around 5 and it was quite frightening then.
    So it is good to know and get prepare for it.
    Thanks for the information.
    Regards Sadie.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Sadie,
      I was also in an earthquake when I was in Japan when I was young. I remember it was pretty frightening even though it wasn’t that strong as I hadn’t experienced one before that.
      My relatives living there, they didn’t think much of it. Maybe because they have earthquakes there so frequently. But being so nonchalant about it can be dangerous if a serious one hits.
      It’s always good to be prepared just in case.

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  3. ido

    Living in Israel, we experienced several quakes in the past years. We had one in just last year which was a 5.2 quake. Luckily it was far enough so there were no casualties or major damage.
    I remember that I was standing in my room in my home, and you could feel the entire house moving. Not to mention dancing glasses on the tables, and pictures that started swinging on the walls.
    You only need one of these to start being aware of the effects that a large quake might do.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Ido,
      Yes, many people don’t actually do anything about it until something major happens that’ll finally motivate them to take action.
      Every time there is a devastating earthquake that kills thousands of people, people get scared and earthquake kits get sold out everywhere.
      But if nothing happens, they don’t think about it and just put it off. Having an earthquake kit and knowing what to do in the event of an earthquake is always a smart just in case.

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