No injuries reported in southwest Utah earthquake

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Cedar City » Residents in Cedar City were slightly rattled Monday when a 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook southwestern Utah.

Paul Roberson, an earthquake information specialist at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations said the quake shook the area about 9:30 a.m.

The epicenter of the quake was about eight miles southeast of the Cedar City, said Roberson, whose office has monitors around the state.

The Hurricane fault runs due south of the city, but Roberson said there is nothing to tie the quake to that fault.

He said about 150 people had reported feeling the quake with his office. Most calls came from Cedar City, but people in New Harmony and LaVerkin in Washington County also reported the incident.

"This is the first quake of 2010," said Roberson.

A total of 23 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 15.5 miles of Monday's epicenter since 1962, according to the Seismograph Stations Web site. The largest was a magnitude 4.19 on June 28, 1992.

Cedar City police Sgt. JR Robinson said no damage was reported.

"We felt it," Robinson said. "Everyone came out of their offices and looked around."

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said everyone in his office also felt the quake and their dispatch center received several calls from Cedar City residents.

"People were wondering what happened," he said.

Gower said there were no reports of damage and that the epicenter was in a remote part of Iron County.

"It was weird," Gower said. "It was over quickly. If it kept rattling it would have done some damage."

DeMar Hare, who was working the counter at a Chevron convenience store in Cedar City, said he and his manager felt the quake.

"It rumbled the whole store, and was over in probably three seconds," he said.

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