News / Utah / 

Minor Earthquake Strikes Southwestern Utah

Minor Earthquake Strikes Southwestern Utah

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MINERSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- A minor 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Utah early today.

The quake hit in a remote area and was unlikely to have caused any damage, said Relu Burlacu, a seismologist with the University of Utah. Burlacu said there are several faults in the area, and it was not immediately clear which one was involved.

Eight quakes of magnitude 3 or higher have occurred since 1962 within 15 miles of the epicenter of Saturday's tremor. The largest was a magnitude 4.2 quake in 1966, according to the Associated Press.

The epicenter was about 150 miles southwest of Huntington, site of the devastating Aug. 6 coal mine collapse that trapped six miners.

Coincidentally, a 3.9 magnitude seismic event occurred near Huntington on the morning of the mine collapse. The mine's co-owner, Bob Murray, believes that was a natural earthquake, but seismologists contend it was produced by the mine collapse itself.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast