Weekend earthquake shakes Summit County
May 12, 2015
Rachael Tilton heard what she thought sounded like snow sliding off the roof of her house in Tollgate Saturday morning.
"I asked my husband, ‘did you hear that?’ because I heard it more than I felt it," she said. "My husband said that it was just snow, but I just thought that was kind of weird."
Tilton was right, it wasn’t snow.
According to a University of Utah Seismograph Stations press release, what Tilton heard was a minor 3.0 earthquake.
"Once I found out that’s what it was, there is no doubt in my mind that is what I felt and heard," Tilton said.
The earthquake occurred at approximately 11:41 a.m. Saturday, according to the release. The epicenter was located beneath East Canyon in the Wasatch Range, about seven miles north of Summit Park.
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The 3.0 magnitude temblor was preceded by a 1.0 foreshock and followed by two aftershocks, with the largest being a magnitude 1.9 aftershock two minutes later.
The earthquake was reportedly felt in Park City, Kamas, Coalville and Salt Lake City. On the University of Utah Seismograph Stations website, there were 64 responses from people who felt the tremor.
Tilton, who has studied geology, said she wasn’t shocked to experience an earthquake considering the area’s terrain.
"If you live anywhere with mountains there will definitely be earthquakes," she said. "I wasn’t surprised."
Seismologists say earthquakes are not uncommon in the area and similar magnitude shocks have been felt, including a 3.3 magnitude earthquake on June 12, 2014, in the vicinity of Saturday’s earthquake, the release states.
Jodie Taylor, Tollgate resident, said she didn’t know it was an earthquake, despite her dog’s warnings. Taylor, like Tilton, attributed the noise to melting snow.
"My dog was barking hysterically, but the first thing I thought of was snow since it was snowing," she said. "But then I thought that was weird because there wasn’t enough snow to cause that kind of noise.
"Then I thought it sounded like someone had slammed a door," she went on, "There was quite a few minutes of me trying to figure out what was going on."
Taylor said she has never experienced an earthquake before and didn’t have anything to compare the noise to.
"If that’s what an earthquake was it makes perfect sense," Taylor said.
According to the website, anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations web site: http://www.quake.utah.edu or the U.S. Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov .
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