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.
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