Magnitude 3.1 earthquake rattles Winslow area

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

WINSLOW, Ariz. -- The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 3.1 earthquake in Arizona Sunday afternoon.

According to the USGS, the quake hit at 12:11 p.m. about 21 miles southwest of Winslow and about 113 miles northeast of Phoenix. (Winslow is about a 3-hour drive from Phoenix.)

With a depth of just over 3 miles, the temblor was a relatively shallow one.

Google Earth shows the epicenter to be between what appear to be small dormant volcanoes. The volcano to the south of the epicenter is on the Colorado Plateau between the Mogollon Rim and Winslow. The remnants of the two cones to the north appeared to have been weathered away, leaving a plateau behind.

Google Earth also showed a sinkhole swarm not far from the epicenter.

Meteor Crater, one of the best-known meteorite impact craters on the planet, is 20 miles west of Winslow, putting it in the circumference of the quake.

USGS data indicates that pockets of residents in the Payson and Prescott areas might have felt the quake, but it would have been very weak. Chances are if it was felt at all, it was simply a subtle, gentle shake that people might have noticed unless they were still or sitting down.

No damage has been reported.

Did you feel Sunday's earthquake?