A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was registered about 2 miles outside of Capulin Peak on Monday morning, July 12, 2021. It was followed by a M3.7 tremor half an hour later…
The map below shows the epicenter of the m4.2 earthquake that hit 3 km E of Capulin, New Mexico at 9:33 AM local time (15:33 UTC) on July 12, 2021.
Tremors were felt and reported across northern New Mexico by more than 300 people on the USGS homepage.
The second earthquake hit only 30 minutes later (10:06 AM local time or 16:06 UTC) at approximately the same location.
28 felt reports were filled on the USGS website.
Neither injuries nor damage have been reported…
The earthquakes occurred on the Gallina’s fault line that runs along the Southeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau.
Why is this interesting?
Capulin Volcano is part of the 8,000 square mile Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field which contains at least 100 recognizable volcanoes and showcases the volcanic geology of northeastern New Mexico.
The 8,182-foot-high cinder cone volcano erupted 56,000 ± 8000 years ago… The crater rim is about a mile in circumference and the crater about 400 feet deep.
Some other tremors were also reported end of April 2021 in the same area… If we take all these larger earthquakes (>M2.5) into account – and the hundreds of tiny quakes – it seems evident that the area is heating up… Is the volcanic activity in the northern part of New Mexico shifting from extinct to dormant? Time will tell… But always be prepared!
Learn how the Capulin volcano formed in the below video:
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