3.7 earthquake detected in northern New Mexico

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CAPULIN, N.M. (News Nation/KRQE) — A small earthquake was detected Thursday morning in northern New Mexico, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported

The 3.7 magnitude earthquake was centered in the Santa Fe National Forest near Capulin – 2.7 miles east, southeast of Capulin. The USGS says the distances could be felt as far as Los Alamos, Española, Santa Fe, and Enchanted Hills.

Earthquakes are caused by a sudden slip on a fault. The tectonic plates are always slowly moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth’s crust and cause the shaking.

It is unknown at this time when the last earthquake was detected in this area.

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