4.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Fillmore

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FILLMORE, Utah, Feb. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit near Fillmore in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The earthquake struck just after midnight approximately 18 miles southwest of Fillmore, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website, which lists earthquakes of 2.5 magnitude or larger. It struck at a depth of about 3.6 miles.

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; earthquakes of magnitude 4 to 4.0 are classed as light.

A 3.0 magnitude quake hit nine miles south of Fillmore Saturday, and two earthquakes hit the Bluffdale area on Friday morning; a smaller aftershock occurred in Bluffdale Saturday night.


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