ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A small earthquake struck just outside of St. George Saturday night.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the 2.89 magnitude earthquake hit a rural area of Northern Arizona around 5:09 p.m.
The USGS website showed several people self reported they slightly felt the quake in St. George.
According to their website this area is known as the Intermountain Seismic Belt (Southern Utah and Vicinity).
The report further explains the Intermountain seismic belt is a prominent north-south-trending zone of recorded seismicity in the Intermountain West. A modern catalog of instrumentally located earthquakes in Utah began in mid-1962, and historical earthquake records date back to the 1850s. The area is characterized by scattered seismicity with dense small- to moderate-sized earthquakes.
The largest earthquake in southern Utah was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in 1901 in Richfield.
A group of three M5 and 6 earthquakes occurred in Elsinore in the Sevier Valley in 1921.
To the south in southwestern Utah, a damaging earthquake (M5.9) occurred in 1992 near St. George. Clusters of earthquakes with of maximum magnitude 3 to 4 are common in the area.