Earthquake rattles Panguitch area, magnitude 3.9

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake rattled Panguitch, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Map courtesy of USGS, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Nerves rattled and homes shook Saturday morning as an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 shook Panguitch just as their annual Children’s Bike Parade was getting ready to start.

Areas that would have felt the earthquake centered in Panguitch, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Map courtesy of USGS, St. George News
Areas that would have felt the earthquake centered in Panguitch, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Map courtesy of USGS, St. George News

The United States Geological Survey reported that the temblor struck at 10 a.m. Saturday 2 kilometers south of Panguitch. The quake was recorded at a depth of 13.4 km.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Owens said the quake felt rather strong. But no damage has been reported so far.

“Just lots of rattled people calling in,” Owens said.

Joe’s Main Street Market manager Dave Schow said it felt like a car hit the side of the building.

“Just heard a loud boom, a few items fell off the shelf,” Schow said. “We all thought someone had ran into the building, so we all went running outside.”

Children’s Bike Parade, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Photo by Michelle Crofts, courtesy of Garfield County, St. George News
Children’s Bike Parade, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Photo by Michelle Crofts, courtesy of Garfield County, St. George News

Owens Travel Center employee James Stewart also felt the quake although reported no damage to his business.

“It shook my legs and rattled everything,” Stewart said.

The parade went on as scheduled, Owens said.

“Just before 10 a.m. as Panguitch residents were preparing to watch the annual Children’s Bike Parade,” Garfield County Public Information Officer Cheryl Church wrote in a press release issued Saturday afternoon, there was a loud noise as the ground shook from a 3.9 earthquake located 2 miles south of town.

Children’s Bike Parade, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Photo by Michelle Crofts, courtesy of Garfield County, St. George News
Children’s Bike Parade, Panguitch, Utah, July 4, 2015 | Photo by Michelle Crofts, courtesy of Garfield County, St. George News

“People were startled and the street was filled with concerned murmurs but there was no sense of panic after this occurrence.  …

“Although many calls were received at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department no structural damage has been reported.”

St. George News Reporter Jessica Tempfer contributed to this story.

UPDATED July 5: Statement released by Garfield County Public Information Officer Cheryl Church added, with photos of the bike parade.

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