1900 – Eureka, UT – M 5½ ±

Intermountain Seismic Belt Historical Earthquake Project

August 1, 1900 – Eureka, UT – M 5½ ±

In the town of Eureka, Utah, people were awakened at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 1900, by shaking from a magnitude 5½ ± earthquake. Some frightened individuals ran out into the street in their robes and nightclothes. Some reported that the shaking moved furniture and shook dishes from shelves.

In the nearby Tintic mining district, it was reported that the shaking drove frightened workers from mines.

The earthquake was also felt in other central Utah towns. Many people in Santaquin were frightened out of bed and reported that beds shook, dishes rattled and goods were shaken from store shelves. In Payson, store windows were broken and dishes fell from cupboards. Some in the city of Provo were aroused from bed and reported that buildings shook and windows rattled. In Nephi, dishes were shaken from shelves. People in Goshen fled from houses.

Further north, the shaking was felt in Salt Lake City, Utah and at the Saltair resort on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake.

While this early morning earthquake frightened many people, no injuries were reported, nor were there reports of serious property damage.

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