Earthquake Rattles 3 Western States - 8 News NOW

Earthquake Rattles 3 Western States

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SALT LAKE CITY  -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has rattled parts of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries after the quake hit at about 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

University of Utah officials say the epicenter was about five miles east-northeast of Randolph, a tiny town about 73 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. Relu Burlacu of the University of Utah seismograph stations said the quake was the largest in Utah since a magnitude 5.9 temblor hit near St. George in 1992.

The U.S. Geological Survey Web site logged more than 1,400 responses from people who said they felt the quake less than an hour after it struck. Responses ranged from Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden to Jackson, Wyo., and Pocatello, Idaho. Stacy Showalter, who works at Gator's Drive-Inn in Randolph, said a cook was jolted a couple feet from the grill to the counter.

In the southeastern corner of Idaho, Franklin County sheriff's office dispatcher Dave Matthews said the quake was strong enough to shake him in his office chair and make the window blinds sway.


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