Intermountain Seismic Belt Historical Earthquake Project
April 20, 1891 – St. George, UT – M 5.0
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck St. George, Utah at 6:55 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 1891.
Reports from St. George noted that the earthquake shook houses and rattled windows. Damage included a downed chimney, fallen plaster and broken dishes (Stover & Coffman, 1993). The shaking caused some to feel seasick, while others reported feeling the sensation of an electric shock. Frightened individuals fled from buildings, however, there were no reports of injuries.
The earthquake was also felt in the town of Virgin, Utah, approximately 33 miles to the northeast, where windows, doors and dishes rattled.
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