Small quake registered near LA

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U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude was 2.9 while LANL registers it at 2.3

By John Severance

So did you feel it?
Chances are, you didn’t.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.9 earthquake was recorded, 40 miles north, northwest of Los Alamos at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday.
The exact location was 36.399 degrees north and 106.682 degrees west, which was 30 miles north, northeast of Cuba, 40 miles south, southeast of Dulce and 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe.
According to Peter Roberts, the operator of the Los Alamos Laboratory seismic network, the quake was smaller and registered closer to 2.3.
“We have eight stations that can record small quakes in the region,” Roberts said. “The U.S. Geological Survey has just one station.”
Still, Roberts said, the earthquake was a bit bigger than other recorded seismic activity from that area.
“We do get some with magnitude of 2.0 but not that often,” Roberts said.
An earthquake under a magnitude of 3.0 is considered very minor. According to the modified Mercali Intensity scale, it could be felt indoors by many, outdoors by a few, dishes, windows and doors by may be disturbed and stationary vehicles may sway a bit.
Typically, Roberts said there are one or two small earthquakes (less than magnitude 1.0) that are recorded in the area.
In the past 12 years, Roberts said there have been two minor earthquakes that have been felt in northern Los Alamos, but none have been felt on lab property.
Most of the seismic activity in New Mexico occurs south of Albuquerque — in the Mount Taylor and Socorro area.