1915 – Provo, UT – M 5.0

Intermountain Seismic Belt Historical Earthquake Project

July 15, 1915 – Provo, UT – M 5.0


According to newspaper accounts this earthquake was felt throughout the Utah, Salt Lake, and Bear River Valleys, and also in Provo Canyon, Tooele, Parley’s Canyon, and Park City, Utah.  The felt area measured 13,000 square kilometers.

In parts of Utah Valley buildings swayed, chimneys toppled, building walls were cracked, and individuals were knocked from chairs and couches. Wallpaper was split over doors and plaster was cracked and shaken loose. Dishes and pans rattled. In Provo Canyon shaking from the earthquake caused rockslides which blocked at least one road. At Utah Lake an upheaval of water, like a small tidal wave, was sighted.

In the Salt Lake Valley clocks stopped, windows and dishes rattled, and furniture was knocked over. Cans and packages were shaken from grocery store shelves.

Shaking appeared to be more pronounced in the upper floors of taller buildings both in Provo and Salt Lake City. In some locations both in the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys, the shaking caused individuals to rush out of buildings. This was the case throughout Provo where people hurried into the streets wondering what had happened. It was reported that more than an hour passed before the city resumed normal activities.

There were no reports of injuries or significant damage from the earthquake.


For additional information about this earthquake:

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Magnitude 3.2 near Bluffdale, Utah


University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: November 25, 2016 09:45 AM MST
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor
earthquake of magnitude 3.2 occurred at 08:45 AM on November 25, 2016
(MST). The epicenter of the shock was located 6 miles below the
Traverse Mountains at the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, 4.1 mi
SW of Bluffdale, UT. This earthquake was widely felt in the southern
Salt Lake Valley and northern Utah Valley. The largest earthquake
previously recorded in this area was a magnitude 4.1 event on March 16,

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): November 25, 2016 Time (UTC): 15:45

Date (local): November 25, 2016 Time (local): 08:45 AM MST

Latitude: 40 27.17′ N

Longitude: 111 59.83′ W

Preferred magnitude: 3.20 Ml

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