ST. GEORGE — A mild earthquake struck Tuesday morning in a mostly mountainous region halfway between Hildale and Zion National Park on the border of Washington and Kane counties.
“Did You Feel It?” map with star showing location of 2.9 earthquake between Hildale and Springdale, Utah and location of people who reported feeling it, Nov. 28, 2023 | Image courtesy of USGS, St. George News | Click to enlarge
The earthquake hit just before 6:39 a.m. and registered at 2.9 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered 6.9 miles north-northeast of Hildale and 6.9 miles south-southeast of Springdale. At a depth of 10 miles, it was considered a shallow quake.
According to the USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” page, there were unverified reports of the quake being felt in Hildale, Springdale, Hurricane and Kanab. However, law enforcement and fire departments in the areas told St. George News they did not feel the quake nor receive calls about it.
“We didn’t feel a thing,” Lt. Jason Shafer of the Springdale Police Department told St. George News, adding that the biggest concern in Springdale and Zion would be even a mild shaker triggering a rockfall. “We didn’t see any rocks coming down.”
The report was the same from Robb Radley, chief of the Colorado City/Hildale Police Department.
“We didn’t feel it at all and no calls,” Radley said.
That was also the same assessment for Hurricane from Hurricane Valley Fire District Acting Chief Joe Decker.
According to the USGS, an earthquake between 2.5 and 5.0 is capable of being felt but not likely to cause any more than minor damage.
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