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Magnitude 4.0 quake hits Utah near gas fields

Posted by feww on June 4, 2009

Utah quake gas drilling related, too?

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck Utah close to two of the state’s gas fields

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck northwest of Utah’s Box Elder County, close to Hogback Ridge field and Rozel Point field at a shallow depth of about 7.5 km (4.7 miles) June 3, 2009. See below for depth uncertainty margin and other details.

The discovery of new wells in the Box Elder County was previously described as “Two Remote Wildcats.”

FEWW moderators believe the Utah earthquake detailed here, and the following quakes listed below may have been related to gas-drilling activities in the West South and Mountain regions.

  1. Magnitude 4.2  – Western Montana [March 6, 2009]
  2. M 3.5  –  Wyoming [March 7, 2009]
  3. M 3.0  –  Colorado, 2009 [March 22, 2009]
  4. M 3.3  –  Northern Texas [May 16, 2009]

utah earthquake - uu00004030
Based on Oil and Gas Well Locator map by State of Utah. Original map may be subject to copyright.

utah quake locmap - uu00004030
Location Map. USGS

Earthquake Details:
Magnitude: 4.0

Date-Time:  Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 21:47:01 UTC  [Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 03:47:01 PM at epicenter}
Location: 41.804°N, 112.214°W
Depth: 7.5 km (4.7 miles)
Region: UTAH

  • 6 km (4 miles) W (267°) from Riverside, UT
  • 8 km (5 miles) W (264°) from Fielding, UT
  • 9 km (6 miles) NNW (331°) from Garland, UT
  • 120 km (74 miles) NNW (347°) from Salt Lake City, UT

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters: Nph= 34, Dmin=16.6 km, Rmss=0.15 sec, Gp= 61°, M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
Source: University of Utah Seismograph Stations (Via USGS)
Event ID:  uu00004030

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