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Originally posted by Subjective Truth
reply to post by TrueAmerican
How many 5.0 earthquakes does the world get in a year? I am just wondering becuse it seems rather small and I grew up in Sandy Utah and yes it does get earthquakes from time to time.
RANDOLPH, Utah -- A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck in Rich County Thursday evening, and people throughout the Salt Lake Valley felt it.
The quake hit at 5:59 p.m., roughly 4 miles northeast of Randolph.
Randolph residents describe quake
Scott Mitchell lives near the epicenter in unincorporated Rich County. He said he was inside watching TV with his family when the quake hit, and he wasn't quite sure what happened at first.
The most serious damage KSL News found was at Rich County High school, where several pictures fell off the wall.
"We were just watching TV, and it was like ... it was just a big blast, and then you felt the rumble, and you heard it. It was more of an explosion-type than a tremor aspect of things, which was just very strange," Mitchell said.
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations classified this as a "moderate" earthquake. Though many people felt it, there have been no reports of serious damage.
In fact, the most serious damage KSL News found was at Rich County High school, where several pictures fell off the wall.
"We've made a sweep. We've checked for broken gas lines -- none of that. We can't find any problems right now," said Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey.
At the Gator Cafe in Randolph, we interviewed one woman who said she didn't know what to think when the earthquake hit.
"You felt like you were rocking back and forth, and just kind of treaded for 15 seconds, about, and then it was over," Stacy Showalter said. "[I] checked to make sure that everything was OK, and that was about it."
According to the seismograph station, a total of four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of this earthquake since 1962.
Quake felt in parts of Utah, Wyo. and Idaho
The U.S. Geological Survey website logged more than 1,400 responses from people who said they felt Thursday's quake less than an hour after it struck. Responses ranged from Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden to Jackson, Wyo., and Pocatello, Idaho.