M 4.4 Earthquake Near Circleville, Utah


University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Released: October 03, 2020 06:45 AM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred at 05:47 AM on October 03, 2020 (MDT). The epicenter of the shock was located in the Tushar Mountains in south-central Utah, 10 mi southwest of the town of Circleville, UT, and 45 miles northeast of Cedar City, UT. This earthquake was reported felt in Cedar City and in many towns in southwestern Utah, including Panguitch and Bryce Canyon. Today’s earthquake was followed by two aftershocks of magnitude 2.0 or larger within the first half an hour, the first and largest of which was a magnitude 2.5 event at 05:52 AM. A total of 45 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 mi of the epicenter of today’s event since 1962. The largest of these events was a magnitude 4.6 on January 03, 2011, 6.5 mi NW of Circleville.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form on the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.