Magnitude 3.6 earthquake felt at Zion National Park and surrounding areas
SPRINGDALE, Utah — Visitors were rattled by a decent-sized earthquake at Zion National Park Tuesday afternoon.
The 3.6 magnitude earthquake shoot park visitors and surrounding areas just after 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 21.
Did you feel it?
Visitors near the Zion’s south entrance heard a loud sound and felt tremors this afternoon around 3:30 p.m.@USGS_Quakes and @UUSSquake share information about a M 3.6 earthquake.https://t.co/UZUmxjkNbt
— Zion National Park (@ZionNPS) December 21, 2021
There were no reports of injuries or damage from the earthquake. There were also no reports of aftershocks felt.
Since 1962, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports eight earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 within 16 miles of this quake. The largest of those was an M3.4 earthquake hitting four miles east of Colorado City, Arizona. That was back on March 11, 1989.
M 3.6 near Zion National Park felt in Hurricane and surrounding area. https://t.co/aFWcjAw7cj
— UUSS (@UUSSquake) December 21, 2021
In the past week, Utah has felt one earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6. There have also been seven other quakes, raningin on the Richter scale between 2.0 and 3.0. There were also 20 other earthquakes below a 2.0 magnitude; those are typically not felt by humans.
The largest earthquake to strike Utah recently was on March 18, 2020. That’s when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Magna, Utah, knocking out power to thousands of people and causing millions of dollars in damage.
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