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Earthquakes Felt Near Nephi Over The Weekend

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University of Utah Seismograph Stations

Small earthquakes were reported in Juab County over the weekend. The U.S. Geological Survey says two small earthquakes larger than 3.0 magnitude hit central Utah late Sunday night about eight miles southwest of Nephi.

The first earthquake of 3.7 magnitude occurred at 11:08 p.m. Just before midnight, an aftershock registered at 3.2. The shakes were felt in Nephi but it wasn't clear Monday if any damage or injuries were reported.

According to the University of Utah Seismograph stations, more than 700 earthquakes and aftershocks occur in Utah each year, but only two percent of those are felt. About 500 of those earthquakes happen along the Wasatch Front.

In a statement released Monday from the seismograph stations, central Utah has seen its share of seismic activity-- the area where the earthquakes occurred is seismically active. Eleven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter in the last 50 years.

The last earthquake in Utah with a magnitude greater than 5.0 occurred in 1989.

If you felt the quake in Nephi, tell scientists about it.