4.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Utah-Colorado border

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DOVE CREEK, Colorado, March 4, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit near the Utah-Colorado border Monday morning.

The earthquake struck some 35 miles north of Dove Creek, Colorado at 10:22 a.m., according to the University of Utah’s Seismograph Stations (UUSS).

Moab Police tweeted that the earthquake was felt by residents.

“An #earthquake centered on Dove Creek, Colorado was just felt in #Moab,” Moab PD tweeted. “We have not received any reports of damage or other issues related to the tremor.”

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.

A 2.97 magnitude earthquake hit about nine miles southwest of Enterprise at approximately 9:10 a.m. Sunday morning, according to UUSS, while more than 100 earthquakes shook the Bluffdale area between Feb. 13 and 21.


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