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Earthquake rattles south-central Utah, one of many in the last 2 weeks

Earthquake rattles south-central Utah, one of many in the last 2 weeks

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ST. GEORGE — An earthquake rattled Wayne County Tuesday.

The temblor, measuring 3.5 magnitude, was centered about 2.5 miles west northwest of Loa and occurred at 2:26 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported.

The United States Geological Survey says the Loa area has had a swarm of over 40 minor earthquakes in the past two weeks, ranging from Tuesday's 3.5 down to a 0.2. Earthquakes under 2.0 are considered to be undetectable except by instruments unless the observer is right on top of the epicenter.

Seismic activity and earthquakes are not uncommon in Utah. The University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations reported numerous incidents of seismic activity in the state in the last two weeks.

The “Did You Feel It?” program allows individuals to report what they felt during an earthquake and any resulting damage from the incident, and that information is then used to create maps showing what people experienced and the extent of the damage.

About 700 earthquakes, including aftershocks, are reported in Utah each year, but only about 2 percent of them are felt. More than half of those above 3.1 magnitude or greater strike in the Wasatch Front, but they can strike anywhere in Utah, according to the University of Utah.

Read the entire article at St. George News


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