University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Released: January 16, 2020 08:30 PM MST
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake of magnitude 4.0 occurred at 07:31 PM on January 16, 2020 (MST). The epicenter of the shock was located in southwestern Utah beneath the Mineral Mountains, 10.4 mi SE of the town of Milford, UT and 6 mi NNE of Minersville, UT. The shock was reported felt by residents of Milford and Cedar City as well as other nearby localities. The earthquake was followed by a magnitude 1.5 aftershock that occurred nine minutes later.
Today’s earthquake occurred in a seismically active area of Utah. A total of 17 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 mi of the epicenter of this event since 1962.
The largest of these events was a magnitude 3.9 on April 10, 1998, 1.4mi NNE of Milford, UT. In 1991 a magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred 13 miles SE of Minersville.
Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form on the US Geological Survey website: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/uu60356907/tellus.
Date (UTC): January 17, 2020 Time (UTC): 02:31
Date (local): January 16, 2020 Time (local): 07:31 PM MST
Latitude: 38 17.50′ N
Longitude: 112 52.43′ W
Preferred magnitude: 4.00 Ml
The USGS has released an information page for the Sulphur Peak earthquake sequence near Soda Springs, ID. This page includes earthquake forecast models and three possible scenarios for the next week.