Facebook Twitter

Swarms of earthquake shake up Panguitch area

SHARE Swarms of earthquake shake up Panguitch area

Panguitch and the surrounding area has had the shakes, and plenty of them. Earth shakes, that is, so frequent that they are calling them earthquake swarms.

The University of Utah Seismograph Station has recorded more than 90 earthquakes in the area since the swarm began about a year ago, according to employee Sue Nava. Such earthquake swarms are common in southern Utah and Nava emphasized that shake activities need not be cause for undue alarm.Nava reported the epicenter of the last quake was 11 miles northwest of Panguitch, occurring at about 5 a.m. on June 18 with a magnitude of 4.2.

Several have exceeded 4.0 during the past year.

The quakes started early this year with one on Jan. 2 at a magnitude of 4.6, centered at Beaver and reported by Joe Franck at the U. That was followed by another on Feb. 19. Among those with the highest magnitude, Nava said an earthquake registering 4.4 the Richter scale occurred in Panguitch last Aug. 23.