On September 02, 2017, in eastern Idaho near the town of Soda Springs a magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred that was widely felt throughout southeastern Idaho and northern Utah. This earthquake has been followed by a very active aftershock sequence. These earthquakes are slightly outside of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations area of responsibility, but the area is of interest to UUSS and the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.
UUSS in partnership with USGS have deployed two UUSS 3-channel strong-motion systems and six USGS 6-channel seismic systems (broadband and strong-motion) within 50 km of the seismicity.
The following page includes information about the earthquake sequence and webicorders for the temporary stations. We will update the page with more information over time.
University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Released: September 02, 2017 8:00 PM MDT
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a moderate
earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred at 05:57 PM on September 02, 2017
(MDT), as computed by the USGS. The epicenter of the shock was located
11 mi E of Soda Springs, ID. This event was preceded by a magnitude 4.3
foreshock and followed by numerous aftershocks, including seven with
magnitudes between 3.2 and 4.1 (all USGS magnitudes).
The 5.3 mainshock was reported felt in Idaho, Wyoming, and also across
northern Utah in the cities of Logan, Bringham City, Ogden, Salt Lake City,
Draper, and Provo.
Since 1962, a total of 87 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have
occurred within 16 mi of the epicenter of today’s magnitude 5.3 event.
The largest of these events was a magnitude 4.7 on October 13, 1982,
9 mi NNW of Georgetown, ID.
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 (USGS parameters):
Date (UTC): September 02, 2017 Time (UTC): 23:57
Date (local): September 02, 2017 Time (local): 05:57 PM MDT
Latitude: 42 37.44′ N
Longitude: 111 23.46′ W
Preferred magnitude: 5.3 Mw
Pankow, K. L., M. Stickney, K. D. Koper, K. M. Whidden (2014). The 2014 Challis, Idaho Earthquake Swarm, Abstract T13B‐4639.