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Quake Rocks Utah-Arizona Border

Quake Rocks Utah-Arizona Border



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A minor earthquake rocked parts of the state near the Utah-Arizona border Monday evening, University of Utah seismologists said.

There were no reports of damage or injury, the Kane County Sheriff's Office said.

The magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred about 13 miles southwest of Kanab at 5:21 p.m., said Walter Arabasz, director of the university's seismograph stations in Salt Lake.

He said the epicenter was in northern Arizona, beneath the Kaibab Indian reservation near Fredonia.

"Residents in Kanab and Fredonia felt the shock," Arabasz said.

The region, which is part of the Intermountain seismic belt, has historically been a hotbed for smaller quakes, generally around magnitude 2. Monday's shock was slightly greater than the norm, though Arabasz said chances of more quakes are slim.

The region experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in 1959.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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