Friday, February 01, 2008

3.6 Earthquake Hits Central Utah Overnight

Linda Young - AHN Editor
Loa, UT (AHN) - A magnitude 3.6 earthquake shook central Utah at 11:52:28 p.m. local time Thursday night 50 miles west southwest of Loa, Utah. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quakes epicenter was some 180 miles south of Salt Lake City, according to the United States Geological Survey, which got its information from the University of Utah's Seismograph Stations.
Utah experiences a dozen or so earthquakes a year, which are usually minor. It has recorded earthquakes since the 1800s. With earthquakes in 1894 severe enough to shake dishes off tables and one in 1900 that split an adobe house in half, according to USGS historical data.
The largest quake in Utah was near Kosmo in 1934. It was a magnitude 6.6 with an intensity of VIII. Thursday night's 3.6 quake was barely felt by a few people in the area, according to reports.