U of Utah reports small earthquake near Logan

Oct 17 2013 - 4:43pm


Approximate location of earthquake.
Approximate location of earthquake.

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook Cache County at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, near the town of Paradise, but no damage had been reported to town officials as of noon.

"I felt it, but two men in the office didn't," said Bev Schiefer, town clerk. "I've lived here 13 years, and this one is the first one I have felt. I'm from California, so I know what earthquakes feel like, and this felt like one."

Scheifer also took a call from a concerned resident in the town of 920 people.

The quake, of a magnitude that shakes objects but rarely causes significant property damage, was felt by some as far away as Utah State University, in Logan.

According to a United State government site with information on earthquakes, the quake originated at a depth of about 7 miles.

University of Utah Seismograph Stations manager Relu Burlacu says the quake occurred Thursday at 10:19 a.m. about 11 miles southeast of Logan. Burlacu says about 60 people reported feeling the quake.

Burlacu says there are usually about a dozen of these types of small earthquakes each year in Utah.

The largest quake in this northern Utah region was a 5.7 magnitude occurrence in 1962. It was reported about 20 miles north of where Thursday's quake originated.

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