Small Salt Lake City Earthquakes Felt and Heard

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that four minor earthquakes of magnitude (M) 0.7 to 1.0 have occurred in northeastern Salt Lake City during the last eight days.  The first two earthquakes occurred on Sunday, September 2, at 02:13 am (M 0.7) and 10:33 am (M 1.0) MDT.  They were followed by an M 1.0 shock on Thursday, September 6, at 8:43 pm MDT and an M 0.8 shock at 3:48 pm MDT on Saturday, September 8.  These four earthquakes occurred near the southeastern part of the University of Utah campus at shallow depths of less than 3.5 miles.

Residents of northeastern Salt Lake City have reported feeling and/or hearing these earthquakes, in some cases describing the noise as a loud boom.  Earthquakes, especially very shallow ones, can generate noises that sound like booms or thunder to those nearby.  The sound is generated by seismic waves vibrating the ground surface up and down like a loudspeaker.

Small magnitude seismic activity like the recent activity in northestern Salt Lake City is a common occurrence in the Wasatch Front region.   The location of this recent activity appears to be too far east for it to be occurring on the Wasatch fault.

Anyone who felt or heard any of these earthquakes is encouraged to fill out a survey form which is available on the US Geological Survey website at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/ .

Magnitude 3.6 near Panguitch, UT

PRESS RELEASE

University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: February 28, 2018 08:15 AM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred at 07:11 AM on February 28, 2018 (MST).  The epicenter of the shock was located in southwestern Utah near Hatch Mountain, 12 miles SSW of Panguitch, UT. This event was reported felt mostly in Panguitch and surrounding areas. A total of 16 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of this event since 1962. The largest of these events was a magnitude 3.9 on December 21, 1991, 15 miles WSW of Tropic, UT.  A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred on April 20, 1991, 13 miles SE of Minersville, UT.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC):   February 28, 2018         Time (UTC):   14:11

Date (local): February 28, 2018         Time (local): 07:11 AM MST

Latitude:     37 40.21′ N

Longitude:    112 31.84′ W

Preferred magnitude: 3.60 Ml

Magnitude 4.3 near Soda Springs, ID

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University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: January 25, 2018 09:45 PM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake of magnitude 4.3 (U.S. Geological Survey magnitude) occurred at 08:32 PM on January 25, 2018 (MST). The epicenter of the shock was located beneath the Bear River Valley in southeastern Idaho, 8 mi NW of the town of Georgetown, ID, and 9 miles SE of the town of Soda Springs, ID. This earthquake is an aftershock of a magnitude 5.3 earthquake that occurred on September 2, 2017, 9 miles east of Soda Springs. The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was followed by a very energetic aftershock sequence. Like the M 5.3 mainshock, today’s aftershock was widely felt in southeastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and northern Utah at least as far south as the Salt Lake Valley.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the
US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC): January 26, 2018 Time (UTC): 03:32

Date (local): January 25, 2018 Time (local): 08:32 PM MST

Latitude: 42 32.25′ N

Longitude: 111 24.75′ W

Preferred magnitude: 4.30 Mb (USGS)

Magnitude 3.4 earthquake near Monroe, UT

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University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: September 24, 2017 1:00 PM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.4 occurred at 10:38 PM on Saturday,
September 23, 2017 (MDT), in southern Utah. The shock was located beneath the Sevier Plateau, 6 km ( 4 mi) east-southeast of the town
of Monroe, UT, and 18 km (11 mi) south of the town of Richfield, UT. The earthquake was reported felt in the towns of Monroe, Richfield,
and Joseph, Utah. It was followed by two small aftershocks, one of M 1.7 at 10:46 pm on Saturday night and the other of M 1.6 at 09:43
on Sunday morning.

Yesterday evening’s earthquake occurred within a seismically active area of Utah A total of 23 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater
have occurred within 25 km (16 mi) of the epicenter of this event since 1962. The largest of these events was a magnitude 5.2 on
October 04, 1967, 10.1km ( 6.3 mi) ESE of Sevier, UT.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the
US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC): September 24, 2017 Time (UTC): 04:38

Date (local): September 23, 2017 Time (local): 10:38 PM MDT

Latitude: 38 36.39′ N

Longitude: 112 3.43′ W

Preferred magnitude: 3.4 Ml

Magnitude 3.3 near Park City, UT

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University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: September 18, 2017 12:00 PM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor earthquake of magnitude 3.3 occurred at 11:21 AM on September 18, 2017 (MDT). The shock was located 14 km (8 miles) beneath the Wasatch Mountains, 5 km (3 miles) south of the town of Summit Park, Utah, and 11 km ( 7 mi) WNW of Park City, UT. This earthquake was reported felt in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, other locations in the Salt Lake Valley, and in northern Utah County. Four other earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 25 km (16 miles) of the epicenter of this event since 1962. The largest of these events was a magnitude 3.6 on June 30, 1999, 6.9km ( 4.3 mi) W of Park City, UT.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

 

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC): September 18, 2017 Time (UTC): 17:21

Date (local): September 18, 2017 Time (local): 11:21 AM MDT

Latitude: 40 42.05′ N

Longitude: 111 36.55′ W

Depth: 11.0 km below sea level
13.6 km below the surface

Preferred magnitude: 3.30 Ml

The April 22, 2017 M 3.8 Earthquake Sequence near Rangely, Colorado

On April 22, 2017, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred approximately 4 km northwest of Rangely, Colorado at 11:48 AM local time (05:48 PM UTC).  There were 15 felt reports from the town of Rangely, CO.  Two aftershocks, approximately 1 km NNE of the mainshock, were located by UUSS.  The first aftershock (ML 2.6) occurred on April 27 at 03:11 AM local time (09:11 AM UTC), and the second aftershock (ML 3.3) occurred on May 3 at 01:42 AM local time (07:42 AM UTC). Based on the moment tensor solution for the mainshock this was a predominantly strike-slip earthquake on steeply dipping planes with the strike either northwest or northeast.  From the distribution of the aftershock locations, we tentatively favor the northeast striking plane.  Eighteen earthquakes within 20 km of the mainshock , with magnitude greater than 2.0, have been catalogued since 1962.  The largest historical earthquake (ML 4.6, March 20, 1995) was located 2.3 km NE of the 2017 mainshock.

The Rangely area was one of the first focus sites for the study of fluid-induced earthquakes.  Some of the first documented induced earthquakes occurred near Rangely in the 1960s and 1970s.  During this time water-flood expansion was being used for secondary oil recovery.  It was a good place to test the correlation between fluid injection and seismic events with a controlled experiment (Rayleigh et al., 1976), and the experiment showed a direct link.  The seismicity during the experiment occurred on a ENE-WSW trending plane.  This is rotated from the current seismicity, but the locations of the seismic events have also migrated through time.  Water based fluid injection ended in 1983; since 1986 injection of CO2 has been used for secondary oil recovery.

Given the proximity of the recent seismicity to the Rangely Oil Field, it is fair to ask if the recent sequence is also induced.  Analysis of this sequence is ongoing, but initial work includes the following results.  An STA/LTA detector (detection threshold 3.5) was run across continuous waveforms from the two nearest stations (O20A and RDMU) for the time period April 22, 2017–May 04, 2017.  Requiring simultaneous detections on both stations, in order to reduce the number of false detections, resulted in one new detected event that occurred on May 3.  Using cross-correlation, we found similar waveforms (CC > 0.5) from the four events (mainshock, two aftershocks, and the new detected event) recorded at station O20A, suggesting possible common source properties.

The lack of close seismic stations makes it difficult to clearly associate these seismic events with oil production efforts.

Magnitude 3.3 near Cedar City, UT

PRESS RELEASE

University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: March 05, 2017 1:30 PM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor
earthquake of magnitude 3.3 occurred at 12:14 PM on March 05, 2017
(MST).  The epicenter of the shock was located in the Cedar Valley,
6 miles WSW of Enoch, UT and 7.1 miles NNW of Cedar City, Utah.

The earthquake was reported felt in the vicinity of Cedar City.
A total of 34 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have
occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of this event since 1962.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form
either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the
US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC):   March 05, 2017         Time (UTC):   19:14

Date (local): March 05, 2017         Time (local): 12:14 PM MST

Latitude:     37 45.82′ N

Longitude:    113 7.99′ W

Preferred magnitude: 3.30 Ml

Magnitude 2.9 near Heber, Utah

Press Release

University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: January 29, 2016 5:30 PM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a small earthquake of magnitude 2.9 occurred at 04:23 PM on January 29, 2016 (MST). The hypocenter of the shock was located 8 miles below Heber City, UT, and 31 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT. The earthquake was reported felt in Heber City and the nearby town of Midway, UT. Since 1962, a total of 4 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of today’s earthquake. The largest of these events was a magnitude 4.3 on October 01, 1972, located three miles east of Heber City.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations web site: www.quake.utah.edu or the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Magnitude 4.3 near Enterprise, Utah

Press Release

University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: January 15, 2016 4:15 PM MST

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake of magnitude 4.3 occurred at 3:37 PM today, January 15, 2016 (MST).  The epicenter of the shock was located near Enterprise reservoir, 12 mi WSW of Enterprise, UT and 34 mi NNW of St. George, UT.  The earthquake was reported felt in St. George, UT and surrounding areas. A magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred in the same area on January 9th.  A total of 16 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 mi of the epicenter of today’s this event since 1962.The largest of these events was a magnitude 5.60 on August 16, 1966,
22 mi ESE of Caliente, NV.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations web site: www.quake.utah.edu or the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.