The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported a moderately strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 5.2 near the Arizona/New Mexico border in the middle of the night last night (June 28-29, 2014). There were no initial reports of major damage or injuries. The quake was centered about 288 kilometers (179 miles) east-southeast of Phoenix. Although earthquakes do occur occasionally in this region, the June 28-29, 2014 quake is a rather strong one for the area. Historic earthquakes include a magnitude 5.0 quake in New Mexico in 2005 and a magnitude 5.6 quake on the Arizona/Utah border in 1959.
USGS reported details of the quake as follows:
2014-06-29 04:59:33 UTC
2014-06-28 21:59:33 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
50km (31mi) NW of Lordsburg, New Mexico
83km (52mi) WSW of Silver City, New Mexico
136km (85mi) WNW of Deming, New Mexico
144km (89mi) NNE of Douglas, Arizona
288km (179mi) ESE of Phoenix, Arizona
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