Minor quake rattles Panguitch

Sunday , February 12, 2012 - 7:44 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY-- A minor earthquake has rattled an area of southwestern Utah near Bryce Canyon National Park.

The University of Utah's Seismograph Stations reports that a shallow 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday night less than 2 1/2 miles from the town of Panguitch, considered one of the gateways to the national park.

Seismologists say it was preceded by three foreshocks, the largest of which registered at a magnitude of 3.3 about an hour before the earthquake.

Panguitch is the county seat of Garfield County. The sheriff's department did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

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