Earth­quake shakes Ci­mar­ron

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jesse Moya [email protected]­

The United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey re­ported a 3.6 mag­ni­tude earth­quake near the vil­lage of Ci­mar­ron on Wed­nes­day (Dec. 26) just af­ter mid­night.

Face­book posts and some com­mu­nity mem­bers in the vil­lage claim to have felt it, but no dam­age has been re­ported in the area. Ci­mar­ron has had some sim­i­lar quakes in the past.

Ac­cord­ing to the USGS web­site, the earth­quake was felt a bit more than 8 miles away from the site of ori­gin. The main ac­tiv­ity was cen­tered at a point 15 miles away from Ci­mar­ron.

Earth­quakes are mea­sured by a mag­ni­tude scale typ­i­cally rang­ing from 2.5 to 8 or higher. Typ­i­cally, hu­mans do not feel quakes mea­sured be­low 2.5, and 3.6 is con­sid­ered mi­nor on the scale.

In Novem­ber, a 7.0 mag­ni­tude earth­quake oc­curred near An­chor­age, Alaska, de­stroy­ing roads and build­ings.

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