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Minor quake felt in Sawmill


A small earthquake was recorded in Sawmill, Arizona, late Saturday night.

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A minor tremor measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale was recorded late Saturday night in Sawmill, Arizona. No injuries or damages to any structures were reported by Navajo police.

A dispatcher with the Window Rock Police District confirmed an earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale occurred in Blue Canyon, west of Fort Defiance.

The tremor, described by some as a “rumbling” that shook windows and stirred the dogs into a frenzy, was felt around 11:39 p.m. in Fort Defiance, and as far away as Many Farms. People posted on social media about the quake.

The event lasted for a few seconds.

Navajo police did not report any injuries or damage to any structures.

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"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero is an award-winning Diné journalist, who is based in Window Rock, Arizona. He can be contacted at


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