3.8 magnitude earthquake near Enterprise reportedly felt 35 miles away

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IVINS, Utah, Jan. 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Enterprise Wednesday afternoon was reportedly felt some 35 miles away in areas including Ivins.

The earthquake struck 10 miles southwest of Enterprise at 3 p.m., the University of Utah said in a press release. The quake was 1.4 miles south of Upper Enterprise Reservoir.

“A magnitude 2.8 foreshock occurred two minutes before the magnitude 3.8 earthquake,” the press release said. “Ten other earthquakes have occurred in this same area during the past week, ranging in magnitude from 0.8 to 2.9.”

A total of 11 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred since 1962 within 16 miles of Wednesday’s earthquake, the press release said. The largest of these events was a magnitude 4.3 on Jan. 15, 2016, located 12 miles southwest of the town of Enterprise.

Today’s earthquake was reportedly felt in Central, which is a census-designated place 14 miles northeast of the epicenter, and Ivins, which is 36 miles south of Enterprise.

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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