A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck late Saturday in southeastern Arizona near the New Mexico state line, but there were no initial reports of major damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10 p.m. PT (1 a.m. ET Sunday) and was centered about 31 miles northwest of Lordsburg, New Mexico, and about 179 miles east-southeast of Phoenix. The epicenter was shallow and was in a sparsely populated area north of Interstate 10 and just south of the small town of Duncan, Ariz.
Monica McDaniel, a clerk at the Hampton Inn in Lourdsburg, told NBC News it was the first earthquake she had ever experienced. "It just felt like all the walls were shaking and trembling," she said. "I didn’t get scared. I just waited for it to stop. I didn’t know what it was." She said the shaking lasted "a good seven seconds" but when it was over there was no damage at the hotel. AZCentral.com reported that residents of Gilbert, Mesa and Chandler in Arizona reported feeling the quake.