Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in Utah, USA

Last update: April 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this state can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Magna, Utah Apr 22 17:49 3.7 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Rangely - no damage
  • EMSC Utah Apr 22 17:49 3.5 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Utah Apr 22 04:01 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Blanding, Utah Apr 22 04:01 3.8 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Salina, Utah Apr 14 05:28 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Apr 14 05:28 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Blanding, Utah Mar 18 01:09 2.9 -2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Mar 14 19:32 2.1 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Enoch, Utah Mar 05 19:14 3.3 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Enoch - I was sitting in my liVing room and the whole house started shimmying. Are wood floor had separated about 1/2 from the carpet. And we have got a couple of cracks in the basement. No one was hurt.
  • Cedar City, UT - The entire house seemed to move slightly, the dog stood straight up from a sound sleep and was very startled. Was definitely NOT the wind...
  • EMSC Utah Mar 05 19:14 3.3 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Mar 03 22:29 2.7 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Vernal, Utah Mar 03 22:29 2.7 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Panguitch, Utah Mar 01 08:34 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Utah Mar 01 08:34 3.1 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Toquerville, Utah Jan 17 19:46 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Enterprise, Utah Jan 12 20:40 2.6 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Jan 06 20:23 2.3 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Dec 30 16:18 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Parowan, Utah Dec 30 16:18 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Plain City, Utah Dec 23 12:12 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Dec 22 13:48 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Dec 17 05:08 2.6 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Providence, Utah Dec 17 05:08 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Dec 15 10:22 2.2 13 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Dec 13 10:26 2.7 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Junction, Utah Dec 13 10:26 2.7 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Garland, Utah Dec 07 04:29 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Enterprise, Utah Dec 06 16:58 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Wasatch Front Urban Area, Utah Nov 29 11:04 2.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Bluffdale, Utah Nov 25 15:45 3.2 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Draper - Slight shaking while at work. No damage.
  • Lehi - it kind of freaked me out
  • Draper - A couple of picture fell over and broke. Unaware of anything beyond that as its only been 10 min
  • Draper - It was cool, no damage
  • Lehi - very short. 1-2 scondo long. no damage inside or outside for home.
  • Draper - We were still in bed being lazy after Thanksgiving and all of a sudden all the ice and snow crashed off the roof as the house shook around a bit
  • Saratoga Springs, Utah - mild jiggle 5 seconds
  • Eagle Mountain - Just felt a slight tremor while resting in bed with my cats. Almost like a giant truck drove by or a jet plane flew over suddenly.
  • Lehi - My desk and floor was shaking pretty good. My monitor almost went backwards off my desk.
  • Riverton - Noticed a sense that the floor moved twice
  • Lehi - Felt indoors, shoots beds and fridge. Didn't last long
  • Saratoga Springs - The house shaking woke me up, and I could hear the windows rattling for a few seconds. The shaking was more than I've ever felt before, and I had no doubt it was an earthquake.
  • West Jordan - Slight movement but very detectable.
  • Eagle Mountain - It felt like somebody had dropped a heavy box in the house, the floor rebounded under my feet. Went outside and all the dogs in the neighborhood were barking.
  • South Jordan - I felt the second floor of my home sway back/forth slightly; have been in other quakes around the US including Nevada and Oklahoma. This was very similar but only a minor 'bump.'
  • Saratoga Springs - Felt house shaking for about 5 seconds. No damage noticeable. Thought originally it might be heavy artillery practice at camp Williams (which happens regularly).
  • Draper - Slight shake 1-2 seconds long, no damage, thought something may have hit my house.
  • Alpine - Felt a 'bump'. No damage.
  • Concord - My bed was shaking very lightly
  • Eagle Mountain Tai - Little shaking
  • Orem, UT - Just a single boom that shook the whole house. Enough to wake up some of the kids still sleeping. Maybe it made our backyard fault slip just a touch.
  • Saratoga Springs - I was sick in bed and felt our indoor shutters shake. No damage.
  • Lehi - felt house shake
  • Draper - Felt the house shake for 5 seconds, almost like a truck had hit the house at full speed. We live on top of the mountain directly above Bluffdale so we got a good shaking. It woke my husband up.
  • West Jordan - Just one quick jolt. Less than a second long. It corresponded with a gust of wind and I thought it was that. But the movement of the whole house was more than that wind could do.
  • Riverton - I was in bed and suddenly felt shaking--I thought it was wind hitting the house until I realized that the shaking was radiating up from the floor, not the wind hitting the top of the house.
  • Pleasant Grove - No Damage. Was sitting on bed and felt like something bumped my bed hard. felt like when my dog use to bump into it but he has since passed on about four years ago. so figured it was a quake.
  • Magna, Utah - I heard my apartment rattle and my bed shook for about second. It was 4am. I couldn't go back to bed.
  • Clearfield, UT - A McDonald's has a huge bludge in the tile.
  • EMSC Wasatch Front Urban Area, Utah Nov 25 15:45 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Monroe, Utah Nov 08 18:13 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hanksville, Utah Oct 18 15:24 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Oct 18 15:24 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Escalante, Utah Oct 06 17:20 3.0 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Oct 06 17:20 3.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Utah Sep 23 15:50 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Sep 20 13:40 2.6 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Herriman, Utah Sep 15 22:47 2.5 -2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Sep 15 22:47 2.6 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Sep 15 06:51 2.1 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Beaver, Utah Sep 13 05:54 2.6 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Sep 06 16:37 2.7 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Junction, Utah Sep 06 16:37 2.6 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Aug 30 11:58 2.1 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Aug 23 20:47 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hildale, Utah Aug 23 20:47 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Aug 10 10:32 2.0 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah Jul 29 21:30 3.0 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Utah Jul 11 21:53 2.6 0 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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