Experts are trying to make sense of an unusual earthquake that shook Northeastern Utah, Wednesday morning.
Anyone feel this small earthquake this morning in the southern Uinta Mountains?
According to the Univeristy of Utah seismic report on this event, “The Uinta Mountains and Wyoming Basin are stable parts of the North American tectonic plate that are relatively unaffected by geologically young crustal deformation; only minor, ambiguous evidence of possible young faulting is found in the area.” Find this and other information in their report HERE.
A small earthquake shook the southern Uinta Mountains early Wednesday, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Station.
Geologic Map of The Donkey Flat Quadrangle, Uintah County, Utah
By: Paul H. Jensen, Douglas A. Sprinkel, Bart J. Kowallis, and Kent D. Brown
The Donkey Flat quadrangle is less than 10 miles north-northeast of Vernal, Utah, along the south flank of the Uinta Mountains in Uintah County. It includes Red Fleet State Park and is crossed by U.S. Highway 191 (a National Scenic Byway). The geology is well exposed and uncomplicated, making a dramatic landscape with thick sandstone cliffs and varicolored to drab gray slopes. The quadrangle’s namesake, Donkey Flat, is a one of several geomorphic surfaces mantled by piedmont gravel deposits.
Take this in over your outdoor daydream today.
Provo Falls, Summit County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015
As the Provo River plunges off the south side of the Uinta Mountains along the Mirror Lake Highway, it cascades over innumerable ledges of Precambrian-age Uinta Mountain Group sandstone.
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High Uintas Wilderness, Summit County, Utah
Photographer: Chris DuRoss; © 2013
Ostler Peak (12,718 feet) is reflected in a meander bend of the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River in the Uinta Mountains. Thousands of years ago glaciers inundated much of the Uinta Mountains, leaving behind long glacier-carved valleys, steep-sided cirques, and jagged peaks.