Temblor shakes the North Summit area
November 20, 2009
Nobody was injured when a small earthquake struck the Coalville area early Thursday morning.
"It seemed like it lasted only seconds but my whole house shook," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said.
The epicenter of the magnitude 2.9 earthquake was about eight miles southwest of Coalville, according to seismic officials at the University of Utah.
People in Coalville, Park City Salt Lake City and Bountiful reportedly felt the shock, according to seismic officials. They said there have been about seven earthquakes in the vicinity of the magnitude 2.9 in the last 24 hours.
"I had just gotten up," Schmidt said. "It was incredible."
The earthquake hit at about 5:24 a.m.
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"We were sitting here drinking coffee and one of my customers said, ‘What in the hell was that?’" said Tom Moore, owner of Moore’s Chevron on Main Street in Coalville. "I just jokingly said, ‘Gosh, it might have been an earthquake.’"
The quake left a crack in his store, Moore said.
"It was like somebody had driven a big truck or something into my wall," he said.
Since the 1960s, scientists said the one earthquake with a magnitude 4.5 or greater that occurred within 30 miles of Thursday’s quake was a magnitude 5.2 near Magna Sept. 5, 1962.