1914 – Ogden, UT – M 5½ ±

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May 13, 1914 – Ogden, UT – M 5½ ±

People from Collinston, Utah to Riverton, Utah were shaken as a magnitude 5½ ± earthquake struck Ogden, Utah at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 1914.

In Ogden, shaken buildings sustained cracks and plaster damage to walls as well as downed chimneys. Various parts of the city reported cracked windowpanes.

In Farmington, Utah and Bountiful, Utah those in two-story buildings were frightened as dishes rattled and furniture moved.

In downtown Salt Lake City, Utah some workers in tall office buildings wondered if the shaking was due to an elevator that had dropped to the basement. Some frightened individuals hurried out of buildings. During a meeting at the Salt Lake City and County building, the chandelier overhead swayed and the table shook. Those in nearly all offices felt chairs shake and tables rock, however, those in hallways did not feel the shaking. In addition to the business district, south and southwest Salt Lake City felt strong shaking that caused dishes to fall to the floor.

No significant damage and no injuries were reported for this earthquake.



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1887 – Kanab, UT – M 5.7

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December 5, 1887 – Kanab, UT – M 5.7

On Monday, December 5, 1887 a magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred in Kanab, Utah.

It was reported that dishes were shaken from cupboard shelves in several houses. Clocks stopped, and bricks fell from tops of chimneys and some cracks in houses were observed. The shaking frightened many people in the community. In some cases, people who were walking were thrown to the ground by the shaking.

One resident reported that a loud rumbling sound accompanied the shaking. His house shook, the clock stopped and the house door slammed shut. He discovered several cracks in the west wall of his house, one of which ran straight down through the rock foundation.

Tons of rock reportedly fell from nearby cliffs, raising clouds of dust.

No significant damage nor injuries were reported for this earthquake.



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1900 – Eureka, UT – M 5½ ±

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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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1894 – Ogden, UT – M 5.0

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July 18, 1894 – Ogden, UT – M 5.0

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred in Ogden, Utah at 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 1894.

According to a report, the earthquake was accompanied by a cracking sound similar to the snapping of timbers. The earthquake shook buildings, cracked walls, moved office desks and bookcases, caused items to fall from shelves, light fixtures to sway, and dishes to be shaken from tables. Alarmed individuals fled from buildings. No injuries were reported.



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1891 – St. George, UT – M 5.0

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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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1945 – Glenwood, UT – M 5.0

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November 17, 1945 – Glenwood, UT – M 5.0

In the early evening of Saturday, November 17, 1945 a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred approximately 5 miles east of Richfield, Utah.

The earthquake alarmed people in the towns of Glenwood and Richfield, Utah where minor damage to chimneys and plaster occurred (Stover & Coffman, 1993).

No significant damage or injuries were reported.



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1959 – Panguitch, UT – M 5.0

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February 27, 1959 – Panguitch, UT – M 5.0

On Friday, February 27, 1959 at 3:19 p.m. a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred approximately 15 miles north-northwest of Panguitch, Utah. Individuals in Panguitch and other nearby towns reported feeling the earthquake (Stover & Coffman, 1993).

Stover and Coffman (1993) noted that in Panguitch the earthquake, “knocked plaster from ceilings, cracked walls, and broke dishes and windows.”

No injuries were reported in connection with this earthquake.



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1876 – Moroni, UT – M 5.0

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March 22, 1876 – Moroni, UT – M 5.0

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred in Moroni, Utah on Wednesday, March 22, 1876. The earthquake was felt over an area of 1158 square miles. This is approximately two-thirds of the area of Sanpete County, Utah—the county in which the earthquake occurred. Reports indicate that earthquakes were felt in Sanpete County over the course of several days.

A report from Mt. Pleasant, Utah said that the shaking frightened people, some of whom ran into the street screaming. Reported damage consisted of cracked walls and falling plaster. The porch of one house fell.

No injuries were reported.



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1933 – Parowan, UT – M 5.0

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January 20, 1933 – Parowan, UT – M 5.0

On Friday, January 20, 1933, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred in Parowan, UT. The earthquake was reported felt in Panguitch, Utah (approximately 21 miles west of Parowan) and Paragonah, Utah (approximately 4 miles southeast of Parowan).

A report from Paragonah indicated that the shaking excited the community but caused no significant damage. In Panguitch, the earthquake shook buildings and rattled windows and wall hangings. There was also a report that some light meters in the city roared due to atmospheric disturbances accompanying the earthquake.

There were no injuries or significant damage reported.



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1910 – Salt Lake City, UT – M 5½ ±

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May 22, 1910 – Salt Lake City, UT – M 5½ ±

On Sunday, May 22, 1910, at 7:28 a.m. local time, a magnitude 5½ ± earthquake struck Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time, it was the most severe earthquake recorded in the city’s history. Shaking was also distinctly felt in the Utah communities of Tooele, Nephi, Garfield and Bingham; and to a lesser degree in Ogden, Utah.

Frightened people ran from buildings. Some believed that Halley’s Comet had struck the earth. Others thought the end of the world had come. One switchboard in the Salt Lake City reported receiving 5,000 calls in the first 20 minutes of ground shaking. 

There were reports that buildings swayed and houses rocked throughout the city. Light fixtures swung and windows rattled. Books fell from cases, goods were shaken from store shelves, clocks stopped and horses broke out of their stables.

Damage consisted of toppled chimneys, cracked walls and ceilings, falling plaster, and broken mirrors and dishes. The shaking loosened joints in a main gas line, causing severe leaks. One house was damaged when loosened bricks fell through the ceiling.

Though no injuries occurred and damage was minimal, the severe shaking had a sobering effect on the community.



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