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Earthquakes north of Phoenix felt throughout the Valley

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Multiple earthquakes near Black Canyon City were felt throughout Phoenix and surrounding cities Sunday night.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 4.1 magnitude earthquake about 50 miles north of downtown Phoenix occurred at 11:29 p.m.

Roughly 20 minutes later another earthquake near the same location was recorded at 4.0. The epicenter of the second one was about four miles further south.

Residents in Glendale, Cave Creek, Peoria and Scottsdale reported they felt the shaking.

In Peoria some people lost electricity, but the Arizona Public Service Co. said the outage affecting 9,700 customers was due to equipment failure at a substation, the utility’s spokesman, Alan Bunnell, said.

“We had no reason to believe it had anything to do with the earthquakes,” Bunnel said.

Residents who felt the first earthquake immediately took to social media to share their experiences and discuss what they had just felt.

A map from the USGS site shows how far the shaking could be felt.

The first one was likely felt by more people or stronger to those that felt both because it was not as deep.

Another earthquake happened more than two hours earlier near Black Canyon City. It registered as a 3.2 magnitude and wasn’t felt by as many people in Phoenix.

Aftershocks were expected Monday, but they likely will not be felt, said Mike Conway of the Arizona Geological Survey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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