Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in Utah, USA

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 Enoch, Utah Oct 07 13:33 3.1 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Aurora, Utah Sep 29 01:27 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Utah Sep 28 01:01 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It
USGS Monroe, Utah Sep 24 04:38 3.4 11 MAP I Felt It
  • Annabella,Utah - Felt like a big bump against the house. Second bump barely felt. Nothing swayed in my house. It was mild.It happened around 10.35.MST.
  • EMSC Utah Sep 24 04:38 3.4 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Wolf Creek, Utah Sep 19 01:12 2.7 12 MAP I Felt It
  • Farr West, Utah - I posted I felt the 9:15 in Ogden. But We felt it after lunch... Rippled across the horse arena roof for a bit more than 2 seconds. Caused everyone to stop working and stand still in awe. No damage.
  • USGS Summit Park, Utah Sep 18 17:21 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Park City - Light shaking
  • Kamas - no property damage that I'm aware of. Shaking lasted for maybe 2-3 seconds (at least that much of it is what I was able to tell what was going on).
  • Park City - 3 distinct movements
  • Kimball Junction, Park City - Three or four strong very distinct shakes in the Kimball Junction area.
  • holladay - Weak shaking
  • Park City - Light shaking for 2-3 seconds. No damage that I have seen.
  • Park City - Felt like a loaded freight train was passing by.
  • Park City, Utah - Light shaking
  • Park City, Utah - 1-2 seconds
  • Cottonwood Heights - Office building - 5th floor. Felt minor shaking, heard objects rattling.
  • Salt Lake City - no damage, felt only to those near the walls
  • Draper - 2 distinct "bumps". One small then another larger one. Little perceptible shaking, except for the 2 small jolts.
  • Summit Park - A few seconds of light shaking, walls rattling, enough to make me think something more than local construction
  • Pleasant Grove - Weak shaking
  • Alta, UT - Wasn't sure what it was but I was sitting at my desk at Snowbird and my entire desk shook. Thought possibly it was a sonic boom.
  • Park City - Lasted 3-4 seconds. No damage I know of.
  • Murray - I thought it was a loud clap of thunder rumbling the house
  • Park City - Felt like avalanche blasting at the resort. Only lasted a couple of seconds. No damage noticed.
  • Park City - I felt a light shaking and heard glasses rattling. My husband was in the lower level of our home and did not feel anything. I am not aware of any damage at this point.
  • Holladay - 1 second of movement
  • Jeremy Ranch - Light shaking
  • Millcreek - I was standing in the kitchen (ground floor, no second story, but we do have a basement - no one was in the basement at the time) and felt the floor shake for about 2 seconds and saw the outside shake as I felt the quake. One of the dogs also felt it and was confused.
  • sandy - maybe 2 seconds...windy day but felt the roof shake, I knew it was a quake.
  • Jeremy Ranch - A slow rumble for a few seconds. Nothing in the house shook, but could feel the vibrations.
  • Park City - 2or3 seconds of shake. Felt like being on a bridge when a big truck rolls over it.
  • Park city - Strong shaking
  • Salt Lake City - Two distinct higher bumps - lasted approx 5 seconds. House shook - I'm in 2 story home, was on second story.
  • Lehi - Heard a noise and felt a couple seconds of shaking on the top floor of my apartment.
  • Park City - Few seconds of shaking - sounded like something big fell upstairs or in the garage.
  • Draper - 1second
  • Park City - Rumbling thunder sound, light shaking, sofa in basement moved and felt like bottom fell out.
  • Salt Lake City - 5 seconds. Dog barked. No damage.
  • Park City - The building shuttered for a few minutes. I thought someone was working on the roof as I am on the top floor.
  • Salt Lake City - Office building in South Salt Lake. Light shaking. I used to live in California -- knew it was an earthquake right away, and a small one (or one far away.)
  • Draper - heard boom, no apparent damage
  • Alpine - Sitting at my desk on the main floor, the house shook and rumbled like a sonic boom or avalanche blasting. The walls did make a creaking noise, and objects rattled for 2 - 3 seconds.
  • Jeremy Ranch, Utah - Loud truck sound. Light shaking of the house along with some glass lanterns while I was in the home office.
  • Layton - Felt it at work. Almost like a freight train had passed by the office
  • Park city - Two to three seconds
  • Summit Park, UT - 1-2 seconds, felt like artillery landed nearby like when I was in the military
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument - Felt like 2 bumps coming from the ground for about 2-3 seconds. Three of us in the building all felt it.
  • Park City - Felt like a crazy strong gust of wind, the whole house shook. Maybe 3-4 seconds.
  • Park City - It undulated through our house.
  • Park City - There was a light breeze outside. Thought it was a gust of wind. Light shake of the two story building.
  • Salt Lake City - I felt it in South Salt Lake. My bathroom toilet shook hard. I froze and knew right away what it was.
  • Murray - Didn't really feel it, rather heard it as I was in the basement and heard the walls rumble for about 2-3 seconds. As it was happening, the first thing that crossed my mind was... that was an earthquake.
  • Park City, UT - Felt like 2 jolts or bumps, like the foundation was shifting, no apparent damage
  • Murray - Very light rattling for less than 5 seconds
  • Salt Lake City - Thought someone was breaking down the front door. Shook the whole house. No damage identified.
  • Cottonwood Heights - Sitting at my computer - heard a boom like sound, then brief shaking that made my monitor jiggle a bit. I definitely felt then looked at the time to record when it happened. Right about 11:22 AM. Sep 18, 2017.
  • Park City, UT - 2 to 3 seconds of weak shaking
  • Deer Valley - Shaking lasted 2-4 seconds. No damage.
  • West Valley, Utah - Felt shaking/vibrations under my feet.
  • West Vallley, Utah - Very weak shaking
  • Cottonwood Heights - My desk shook back and forth for 5-10 seconds and it was unmistakably an earthquake. No damage. Just fascinating to actually catch it and feel it.
  • Park City/Deer Valley - No more than two or three seconds. One other person in the home did not feel the quake.
  • Park City - I didn't feel much, was upstairs, thought it was the wind. My husband felt it downstairs, in his office, he said felt like a brief moving of his chair.
  • Kimball Junction, UT - Very heavy mirror attached to upstairs bedroom wallrattled against the wall for 3-4 seconds... Before the shaking it sounded like a military jet was flying overhead
  • Park City - A second or two. Felt the house shake
  • Holladay - Lasted about three seconds, light shaking. I felt the ground shake the board.
  • Millcreek City, UT - It seemed like the whole house shuddered once. I looked at the chandelier, but it was not swaying like it's done during past earthquakes.
  • Park,City - Have not seen damage. 2-3 seconds.
  • Cottonwood Heights,Utah - No damage. Felt a short but obvious shake. Heard a low sound and also heard creaking of my house. Felt like someone drove a car into my foundation at a few MPH. My neighbors felt it, my GF in Millcreek felt it, my friends in Jeremy Ranch felt it.
  • Jeremy Ranch - I think it was more like 4-5 seconds in 2-3 bursts. Was stronger than other quakes I've felt
  • Park City - Felt like the office upstairs dropped heavy objects
  • Hideout - I felt the sofa shake for a few seconds. I didn't even consider it to be a quake, it was so brief.
  • park city,ut - I was surprised because it sounded like a thunder with a slight movement alive in 2nd.
  • Wanship - Two quick jolts. Thought a truck may have crashed into the house.
  • Alpine - I was sitting at my desk on the main floor. The house shook, windows rattled, and it sounded like a very loud boom or thunder clap. Lasted about 2 seconds.
  • West Point - I heard a loud boom and at the same time almost like a car passing with loud base sound system (vibration) only like 2 seconds. It woke my dogs up and they started barking and then ran outside to go investigate.
  • Summit Park, Utah - I was inside in my kitchen when what felt like a tree had fallen on my home and rumbled/shook for approx. 5-8 Seconds. My dogs, all three, where startled and trembling. At 11:21 am I text my husband and said, I think we just had an Earthquake! No damage.
  • University of Utah - My officemate and I, both seated by east windows, felt/heard a low rumble and light shaking for 1-2 seconds. Others away from window/wall felt nothing. I googled "earthquake", but no results.
  • Park City - 1-2 seconds. I was on the second story of the house - just a very strong sudden shake. I heard and felt the house shift.
  • Canyon rim, ut (east Millcreek) - 3-4 seconds. Similar to a large truck driving by, but the whole house rumbled. Didn't. Price anything shaking, no damage. My boyfriend, mom, and dog did not notice. I immediately realized it was an earthquake.
  • Park City - I work in a large steel building and it felt like an explosion somewhere in the building followed by a slight rumble. We ran out to see where it came from. Did not realize that it was an earthquake.
  • Alta, Utah - 3 seconds, there is construction in the area, i thought a tractor might have crashed into the building.
  • Cottonwood Heights - The shaking lasted a few seconds then stopped and started again for a few more. I was laying down and it lightly shook the bed. I recorded it on Facebook as 11:22 a.m. but I guess it was a minute earlier.
  • Brighton - 2-3 seconds of weak shaking that made hanging fixtures sway.
  • Lehi - I work on the 5th floor of one of the bigger business building. I have been in multiple earthquakes before and I felt a like shake and my chair shifted. I looked outside to see trees nearby shaking harder than the typical wind shakes them, and the glass walls of a nearby office 'wiggling'.
  • Holladay - I felt one sudden jolt and nothing else. No damage.
  • Mountain Green, UT - About 1230 MST window panes in kitchen rattled and I felt mild shaking for 5-6 seconds.
  • Salt Lake City - I felt my house moving, it was enough to cause the pulls on my dresser to rattle. It felt like the floor of the house was moving beneath my feet.
  • Holladay, Utah - I suddenly heard two quick succession loud bam/booms within 10 seconds which simultaneously shook my entire house from the foundation up. Then I sensed more than felt a long low rising swell of motion for 5 seconds. No damage.
  • Millcreek. Utah - Chair, floor and cupboards vibrated. Thought it was a large truck on street below ours. By the time it was clear it was too loud for a truck, and that maybe ducking and covering were in order, it had stopped. 4 seconds? No property damage.
  • Farr West, Utah - Working horses in indoor arena when ripple effect rumbled loudly across the roof. Everyone stopped and looked up saying "What was that!" A wind micro burst!? Then it was still and quiet and everyone said, Earthquake. Nothing damaged. Lasted little more than 2 seconds.
  • Riverton - I heard a large boom and the walls and roof of my house shook for just a second. I was unsure what it was, thought it may have been Kenecott.
  • Big Cottonwood Canyon - Was rock climbing and felt/heard loud whoosh that seemed to intensify and peak right in front of me. I thought it was a burst of wind. It lasted about 3-5 seconds. Did not realize it was an earthquake, but it did make me stop and look around... check my helmet... then went on. There was a random rock that had fallen across the way where there were no climbers a minute or two before the sound - approximately 6"-8" in diameter.
  • Riverton Utah - Hi am not feeling earthquake today and like giant feet walking
  • EMSC Utah Sep 18 17:21 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It
  • Salt Lake City - No property damage. Light shaking in apartment building on upper floors.
  • PARK CITY - Felt our house rumble like there was a snow slide coming off the roof.
  • Park City - Heard metal wall hanging rattle for 2 to 3 seconds, did not feel anything else
  • Draper - Sitting in my basement at my computer. Heard/felt a bit of a boom and my two computer monitors started shaking.
  • Draper - Heard a boom and felt one brief, but strong shake. Didn't see anything move. My first thought was a large wind gust, but corrected myself that it felt different than that and it must be a quake.
  • Snowbird, Utah - Surprised me how much I felt it, 3 distinct bumps. I was sure it was something in the building, then realized it was an earthquake. Never felt one here before.
  • Park City - Very short - like a big jolt of home.
  • Salt Lake City - Sitting at desk working when I felt 2 distinct shakes, the first being the strongest followed by a 1 second pause and a lighter jolt.
  • Park City - Very short and sudden shake
  • Park City, Utah - A couple of jolts. The house shook some. Maybe 3 seconds or so. Mild compared to California earthquakes I lived through.
  • Kimball Junction - Light shaking
  • Cottonwood Heights - It was a light shaking lasting a few seconds which stopped and then started again for a few more seconds. It shook the furniture I was lying on. I recorded the time as 11:22 a.m.
  • Salt Lake City - 1 to 2 seconds of shaking. No property damage.
  • Tollgate Canyon - The cabin shook or felt like something shifted and bumped it hard. I blew it off thought that it was my friend coming up the steps of the deck. But it was too strong for that.
  • USGS North Logan, Utah Sep 10 22:28 2.5 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Blanding, Utah Sep 08 04:54 4.3 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Utah Sep 08 04:54 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Panguitch, Utah Sep 06 16:26 2.6 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Richmond, Utah Sep 06 01:08 2.6 -3 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Heber, Utah Sep 05 02:29 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lewiston, Utah Sep 03 01:13 3.0 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS North Logan, Utah Jul 16 21:09 2.5 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Saint George, Utah Jul 12 14:41 3.4 13 MAP I Felt It
  • Saint George - More like a sharp jolt shaking the house
  • St George - Light shaking
  • USGS Bluffdale, Utah Jun 25 21:57 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mona, Utah Jun 16 09:55 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Herriman, Utah Jun 14 20:57 2.9 -2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Maeser, Utah May 25 20:35 2.5 -2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Utah May 19 19:21 2.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    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

    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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