Capulin earthquake

A map shows the approximate location of a 4.2 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of Northern New Mexico Monday morning (July 12).

Updated July 12 at 7:50 p.m.

The United States Geological Survey reported a 4.2 magnitude earthquake at 9:33 a.m. this morning 6 miles outside of Capulin northwest of Santa Fe.

"Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter," reads a report from Volcano Discovery. "It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc."

The quake hit about 3.7 miles below the Earth's surface and likely resulted in "light shaking," which at least 30 people reported feeling before noon Monday morning, according to a survey conducted on Volcano Discovery. Some reports indicated the earthquake may have reached as high as magnitude 4.3.

Small earthquakes are not uncommon in New Mexico.

The first registered earthquake in the state was recorded in 1849, according to a report published by New Mexico Earth Matters. Since then, around 2,000 quakes have been reported throughout the state. Although most have registered below 3.0 on the Richter scale, the largest quake on record in the state registered at 6.2 on Nov. 15, 1906, also near Socorro, the most seismically active region of New Mexico due to inflation of a magma body 12 miles below the Earth's surface.

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Lisa Deburlo

northWEST of Santa Fe and Abiquiu, not northeast of Santa Fe.

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