3.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Tremonton

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TREMONTON, Utah, Sept. 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Tremonton Tuesday morning.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations said in a press release that “a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.9 occurred at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 24. The epicenter of the shock was located north of the Great Salt Lake, 14 miles northwest of Tremonton.”

The earthquake was reported felt throughout northern Utah including in the city of Tremonton and the surrounding communities, the press release said.

“A total of 45 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of this event since 1962,” the press release said. “The largest of these events was a magnitude 4.5 on July 5, 1989, 11 miles west-southwest of Tremonton.”

The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website 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, earthquakes of magnitude 4 to 4.9 are classed as light and 5.0 to 5.9 magnitude are classed as moderate.


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