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Firefighters rescued two dogs that were trapped in a burning Mesa home early Tuesday morning, according to the Mesa Fire Department.
PHOENIX (AP) — A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.7 temblor that hit Sunday night was centered 7 miles north of Sedona and 6 miles underground. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage, though workers had to clear some rocks and debris from a highway between Sedona and Flagstaff.
"Business as usual," said David Brumbaugh, director of the Arizona Earthquake Information Center at Northern Arizona University. "It's nothing unusual to have earthquakes in this part of the state. Most of them are too small to be felt."
Still, more than 1,200 people used the U.S. Geological Survey's website to report that they'd felt the quake.
"I think what I heard was the house kind of rattling," said Donna Kearney Lomeo, a Sedona real estate agent. "It sounded like a bunch of balls rolling around on the roof."
Deana Irvine, a Flagstaff-area midwife, said the temblor had her thinking a plane might have crashed in her usually quiet neighborhood.
"I was surprised that it made noise," Irvine said. "It was really loud. It was rumbling and I was thinking it sounded like an explosion or a sonic boom."
Here are things to know about earthquakes in Arizona.
WHERE THEY'RE FELT
Earthquakes shake all corners of the state, but they're far more prevalent in northern Arizona and relatively infrequent in the desert cities where the vast majority of Arizonans live.
"You ask a lot of people around the state whether we have earthquakes and they can't believe we do — and we certainly do," said Jeri Young, a research geologist in Phoenix for the Arizona Geological Survey, a state agency.
While the U.S. Geological Survey lists a 5.6-magnitude quake on the Arizona-Utah border in 1959 as Arizona's strongest, Brumbaugh and Young said the largest quakes on record were three in northern Arizona that ranged in the 6.0-6.2-magnitude and occurred between 1906 and 1912.
TOLL FROM ARIZONA EARTHQUAKES
Unlike California, Arizona has had no earthquake in recorded history that caused deaths or injuries, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
However, the 1906-1912 quakes caused boulders to roll down from nearby mountains onto a Coconino National Forest construction crew's camp, ripped a 50-mile crack in the earth north of the San Francisco Peaks and damaged houses in Williams.
Recent data recorded 10-15 mostly small earthquakes monthly in Arizona, but northwestern Arizona has faults capable of generating a 7.0 quake, Young said.
That was the magnitude of the 2010 quake that killed more than 300,000 people in Haiti.
Northern Arizona is at the southern end of a seismic belt that extends northward into Canada, Brumbaugh said.
Young said scientists will analyze sensor data from the Sunday night quake "to find out where the stresses are."
Unknown for now is whether it is a precursor to a larger one yet to come, Young said. "As time goes on the probability that was the main event becomes greater."
AP writer Alina Hartounian contributed to this report.
So as you pull out that credit card for that holiday purchase, you might ask yourself if you're already overextended.
We will never see them again. They were a cadre that is rapidly disappearing. But not long ago, priests from Ireland ran the Catholic Church in Arizona. Between 1945 and 1970, 54 newly ordained left the Emerald Isle to minister in our growing state. In addition to these permanent clergy, an additional 44 temporarily worked here during that time.
“I’m with President Obama on immigration. I need a new roof on my house. The Republican-controlled Congress has until the first of the year to come up with an immigration bill or I’m going to sign an executive check and get some guys to nail down my new shingles.”
When my wife and I carried our newborn child through the sliding glass doors of the maternity unit, we were not given an instructional manual. No type of handbook accompanied the second or the third child either. Like all parents, we were directed to the exit sign clutching our new wrapped-in-blue bundle, with little more than a slap on the rear end, like a coach sending in his second-string substitutions. We were those kids with plenty of eagerness to play the game, but not a lot of knowledge about the playbook. We simply were not prepared for or coached up on every possible situation that would arise in our family-building career.
Calling it fiscally “impossible,” an attorney for lawmakers told a judge on Monday she should reject a bid by schools to get back the money the state illegally withheld from them for years.
DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — One landscaper is dead and another critically injured after the men were stung by 800,000 swarming bees in southern Arizona.
Douglas Fire Department officials say the incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday as the landscapers were working on a home.
One man later died at a hospital.
The names of the victims weren't immediately released.
A hive was found inside the home's attic, and a beekeeper later exterminated it after parts of the roof of the home were torn off.
Authorities say there were thousands of bees in the swarm that attacked the two men.
Avnet’s Tempe facility recently turned on a new 1,000 kilowatt solar project that should provide much of the facility’s power.
63 E. Boston St.
(480) 878-5663 or SoHo63.com
Built in 1916 as a hardware store, downtown Chandler’s hip wedding venue boasts a partial tin roof and exposed brick walls, bringing rustic charm to events within its walls. Whether it be a wedding, social event or business event, SoHo63 is equipped to host parties of varying sizes. Purchased by a new owner in 2013 after a sudden foreclosure and renamed, SoHo63 has been remodeled to accommodate a wider variety of events with both indoor and outdoor spaces.
1300 S. Price Road
(480) 857-8030 or TheAshleyCastle.com
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Road
(602) 225-0100 or WildHorsePassResort.com.
Wow, all that rain. Have you passed by the Lakes “golf course” since the storm? The lake is back and almost full. Where would all that water have gone if a builder had “red tile roofed” the area? (Maybe into your kitchen or pool)?
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning moved in to the Valley early Monday morning causing a lot of problems for commuters and waking up thousands of Valley residents.
Officials responded to a roof collapse Monday morning at a Fry’s grocery store in Tempe.
A former member of the Phoenix police force was arrested Friday after reportedly possessing child pornography.
I wonder how many people are still paying attention to the calamity going on in Missouri?
It seems that ice hockey and owners are two things that take some time to get along in the Valley.
NAPA, Calif. — It's a warm day in the Napa Valley and the summer sun that turns the region's plump grapes into prized cabernet sauvignon is beating down on the Odette Estate winery.
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, barrels of wine are moved with offices and a lab in the background made out of shipping containers beneath the living roof at the Odette Estate winery in Napa, Calif. Odette Estate, which opened recently, is part of a small but blossoming trend of green-roofed wineries. Their roof combines 8,500 square feet of planted living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels. For wineries, green roofs help create the stable temperatures needed to store wine. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Christian Oggenfuss stands near solar panels on top of the living roof at the Odette Estate winery in Napa, Calif. Odette Estate, which opened recently, is part of a small but blossoming trend of green-roofed wineries. Their roof combines 8,500 square feet of planted living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels. “It’s really cool working underneath something you know is helping the environment and not impacting it in a negative way,” says Oggenfuss, director of marketing for the winery. “I’m pretty proud, actually, that this spot right now is greener than it was when we started.” ( AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, winemaker Jeff Owens opens a set of doors beneath the living roof at the Odette Estate winery in Napa, Calif. Odette Estate, which opened recently, is part of a small but blossoming trend of green-roofed wineries. Their roof combines 8,500 square feet of planted living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels. For wineries, green roofs help create the stable temperatures needed to store wine. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)