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Earthquake rattles southern Utah near Pine Valley

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Pine Valley Chapel, Pine Valley, Utah, May 18, 2003. Personal Photo by Ravell Call

An historic meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sits in Pine Valley, Washington County, about 45 miles north of St. George.

Ravell Call

PINE VALLEY, Washington County — An earthquake rattled parts of southwest Utah on Tuesday.

The 3.76 temblor happened at 3:44 a.m. with the epicenter in a remote area near Pine Valley in the Dixie National Forest, about 24 miles northwest of Hurricane, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

At least seven aftershocks have been reported in the area between Enterprise and New Harmony, including a 2.7 magnitude quake at 6:29 a.m., according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

Suzanne Johnson said she remembers wondering why the bed was shaking in the middle of the night, but it took her awhile to realize it was an earthquake. It brought back memories of the March 18 quake in Salt Lake County.

“After experiencing the Magna earthquakes, I didn’t expect to feel another one in Pine Valley! This place is supposed to be my safe haven,” said Johnson, who lives in the small Washington County community during part of the year.

She said she and her family also felt two of the aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

There have been six earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater in that same area since 1962, according to the U. Seismograph Stations. The largest was a 4.2 magnitude quake on April 4, 1981.