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11/27/2013 8:37:00 AM
Chino Valley residents report feeling earthquakes
According to Arizona Earthquake Information Network Director David Brumbaugh the network's censors did not detect any earthquakes in the Chino Vally area. Click here for interactive map of Seismic Stations in Arizona
According to Arizona Earthquake Information Network Director David Brumbaugh the network's censors did not detect any earthquakes in the Chino Vally area. Click here for interactive map of Seismic Stations in Arizona
Joanna Dodder Nellans
Special to the Review

Numerous people in the Chino Valley area reported feeling what they thought was an earthquake about 2:30 p.m. Monday and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Arizona Earthquake Information Network Director David Brumbaugh said the network's censors didn't detect any earthquakes in that area, so if they occurred they probably were smaller than a magnitude of 2.5. And it would be hard for people to feel one smaller than a 2.0 magnitude, he added.

The closest measuring devices are near Williams and Kingman, he said.

The network did detect about a 2.2 magnitude earthquake at 11:22 a.m. Monday near Camp Verde, and a 2.4 magnitude earthquake east of Flagstaff at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, Brumbaugh said. Earthquakes of that size occur several times a month in Arizona.

At least a half-dozen reports came in to the Chino Valley Police Department from people thinking they felt earthquakes Monday and Tuesday, Lt. Vince Schaan said. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office dispatch center fielded about three calls Monday, spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Verde public service agencies also got calls about loud sounds like sonic booms Monday, D'Evelyn said.

Christa Agostino said she and her husband Tom heard a "boom" as they felt a jolt in their Chino Valley house during one of the two incidents.

"It's like a giant coming up to your house and bonking it with his hand," she explained of the sound.

They both believe it was an earthquake.

"I grew up in California, so I'm used to big earthquakes," Agostino said. "A little thing like that (in Chino Valley) was nothing."

She recalled the 1994 Northridge earthquake in LA that killed 57 people. The walls of her home cracked and a room above the garage slid.

"Our kitchen was two inches deep in glass," she said. "I was thrown out of bed into the closet door.

"I always thought (earthquakes) were fun until then."

They also recalled the October 2011 earthquake in the Chino Valley area that registered a 3.6 on the Richter scale.

"We went, 'Hey, wait a minute, we're not supposed to have this,'" Agostino related.

The Agostinos live about a mile from the Little Chino Fault off the northwest corner of Chino Valley.

Paula Smith also felt the Chino Valley earthquakes this week and she also grew up in California, to the north of Agostino in San Francisco.

A log fell out of their fireplace when the first jolt occurred about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Smith said. When she felt the house shake a second time and heard a boom sound about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, she wanted to find out if it was an earthquake.

She especially re-called the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that struck during the World Series warm-up practice at Candlestick Park. It killed 63 people. A huge rock fireplace at her office collapsed.

"My husband was in a hot tub and the water came out of the hot tub like 12 inches," she added.

Although at least two faults (the Big Chino and Little Chino) are located in the Chino Valley and Paulden area, Brumbaugh said it's highly unlikely a damaging earthquake will occur there during our lifetimes.

"I wouldn't rush out and get any earthquake insurance," he said.

The largest quake in that region over the last 50 years was a 5.0-magnitude quake in the Chino Valley area on Feb. 4, 1976, Arizona Geological Survey scientist Phil Pearthree said.

Related Stories:
• Residents hear, feel earthquake-type booms

Related Links:
• Click for interactive map of Seismic Stations in Arizona


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Silence Dogood

Perhaps it is time for the esteemed Arizona Earthquake Network to place sensors along the Big and Little Chino fault lines, rather than to depend on the locations in Kingman and Williams! Also, Mr Brumbaugh, the director of the Arizona Earthquake Network, should be very careful of the statements he makes, as if I'm not mistaken, there is no sure way to tell what just exactly an earthquake fault zone is going to do, at any given time, as many Californians can attest too!

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Chino Resident

The "earthquake" actually happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday. By 11:45 a.m. it was all over Facebook. By 2:30 p.m. it was old news.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Maurer

I was in my bathroom getting ready for work
when I felt the floor shake and the windows
rattled then I heard this Really loud boom twice. I ran out of the bathroom straight to the front door went outside looked around did'nt see anything.
My house is on a foundation and we have tile floors. I too grew up in Highland,Ca., I know what it feels like to feel the ground move under your feet as well as the shaking. My 2 cats acted strange just before this happened they were running around the house then went and hid under my king size bed. I felt it and called my neighbor across the street she said she thought it was the guys who were installing her heating system. I said nope they could'nt shake my house or rattle my windows or make the ground move. I live over off 4 north in chino.




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