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Magnitude 3.8 earthquake felt in Moab early Sunday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Posted - Nov. 8, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.



MOAB — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck just over the Utah border in Colorado early Sunday morning and could reportedly be felt by many in southeast Utah, including Moab.

The quake occurred about 4:20 a.m., according to University of Utah Seismograph Stations and the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was about 18 miles east of La Sal, Utah, and 40 miles southeast of Moab.

"This earthquake occurred within an area of frequent small, shallow earthquake activity triggered by underground saltwater injection," or fracking, according to a U. Seismograph Stations news release. "A total of 10 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 15 miles of the epicenter of this event since 1997, including a magnitude 3.4 earthquake on September 16 of this year."

There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time.

Northern Utah experienced a 5.7 earthquake in March, the state's largest in years, and has since had hundreds of smaller aftershocks.

Graham Dudley

KSL Weather Forecast