The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was recorded near Page in northern Arizona Tuesday, not far from an area that experienced a 3.1-magnitude quake in January.
There were no reports of damage or injuries from Tuesday's temblo, which was 3.7 miles below the Earth's surface, the Geological Survey reported.
Arizona is relatively quiet seismically, especially compared to California and Utah. But a part of the state along the Utah border gets occasional minor quakes.
“There’s a whole series of relatively small faults up there,” says Lee Allison, state geologist with the Arizona Geological Survey. “They don’t run for hundreds of miles; they run for miles, or tens of miles.”
The largest earthquake ever recorded in Arizona was near Page on July 21, 1959. Measured at a magnitude of 5.6, it damaged buildings and caused a rock slide at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon.
Before the Richter Scale for measuring quakes was put into use, Arizona experienced a number of temblors, including one in 1887 that was centered near Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico, about 130 miles southeast of Tucson. It was felt over a wide area, and some reports said it knocked down parts of the wall around San Xavier Mission.