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Small quake hits Salt Lake Valley; No damage reported

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A small earthquake hit the northwestern Salt Lake Valley late Thursday but no damage or injuries were reported.

The quake, which occurred at 11:22 p.m., had a magnitude of 2.6 and its epicenter was 3 miles northeast of Magna, Utah or 9 miles west of Salt Lake City, the University of Utah said.

"The earthquake was not very big but because of the proximity to the populated area, many people felt it," university seismologist Relu Burlacu said.

He said some residents calling the school reported feeling their houses shake but didn't report any objects falling from walls.

Over 90 people reported feeling the quake on the university's Web site within about two hours. Responding to an online questionnaire, they reported weak to light shaking but no damage.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's office did not have any reports of damage.

The University of Utah said five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred in the area since 1962. The strongest was a 5.2 quake on Sept. 5, 1962.

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