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‘Can I be imagining it?’ Two earthquakes rattle Douglas

DOUGLAS, Ariz. – If you asked most Douglas residents about Thursday night, most of them would have said it was typical – quiet and calm.

But if you were watching a seismometer, you would’ve noticed that the town was rattled by two earthquakes.

According to News 4 Tucson meteorologist Shea Sorenson, the first earthquake was at 6:10 p.m. Thursday night and had a magnitude of 3.9 at a depth of three miles. The second earthquake was at 6:36 p.m. and had a magnitude of 3.5 at a depth of 3 miles.

When the news spread about the earthquake around town, many residents said they didn’t feel a thing. Some even laughed at the idea of an earthquake in Douglas because that is not something that typically happens in the desert.

But one Douglas resident did not find the natural occurrence a-moo-sing.

“My cows were acting very strange,” Sonja Frank, Douglas resident said. “I felt a slight movement. I thought can I be imagining it? Then around 1 a.m., I woke up out of sleep, I sensed movement and I thought I must be going crazy.”

Geologists said these earthquakes were considered minor earthquakes. According to officials, these earthquakes can be felt and result in minor damage.

“Everyone else around me doesn’t feel them, but I do,” Frank said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: News 4 Tucson’s Allie Potter compiled the information in this story and reported it at 6 p.m. on News 4 Tucson.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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