2 small earthquakes shake Garland, Parowan

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BOX ELDER COUNTY, IRON COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A pair earthquakes rattled folks on both ends of the state of Utah Wednesday.

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Garland in Box Elder County and a 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit 305 miles to the south near Parowan in Iron County.

The first earthquake struck 28 miles west-northwest of Garland at 4:30 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website which lists earthquakes of 2.5 magnitude or larger.

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The second earthquake struck 15 miles north of Parowan at 9:52 a.m.

The website said that earthquakes of magnitudes of 2.5 to 5.4, of which there are around 30,000 per year worldwide, are often felt, but usually cause minor damage, if any.

Earthquakes are also classified in categories ranging from minor to great, depending on their magnitude; earthquakes of magnitude 2 to 3.9 are classed as minor.

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