Magnitude 4 earthquake near Milford, UT

PRESS RELEASE

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.

Earthquake Summary:

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