An earthquake measuring at 4.5 on the Richter scale occurred Monday around 10:20 a.m. in the West End of Montrose County, roughly two miles south of the town of Bedrock near the Utah border.
The Associated Press reported that University of Utah Seismograph Stations detected the earthquake hit near Slide Rock Canyon, about seven miles southeast of the town of Paradox.
As of press time, Montrose County had no reports of injuries or structural damage.
But people in places like Paradox, Nucla and Redvale felt the trembling.
Carla Reams said she felt the shaking at work in the West End. She was in the middle of a meeting with Nichole Glaser, business development coordinator for the West End Economic Development Corporation. They were in The Collective Mine building when the quake occurred.
“Our building in Naturita was shaking,” she said. “The computer monitors were shaking. I had initially thought someone was either backing into the building or a boulder was coming down off of the hill behind it.”
Reams described the event as “nerve-racking.”
Norwood’s Mike Morlang felt the effects while working in Nucla for San Miguel Power Association. He said the company’s building is made of brick and concrete, and the whole edifice trembled.
“If it would have lasted longer it probably would have caused some damage,” he said.
Morlang said his wife was at home in Redvale at the time and also felt the quake.
Students at the Paradox Valley School had quite an experience. Principal Denise Perrit said she’d been in an earthquake before, in Virginia, where she previously lived. She said she knew exactly what was happening.
“We felt the earthquake about 10:24 a.m. this morning,” she said. “Our students remained calm and knew what to do to keep themselves safe. All emergency procedures were followed, so the children and staff were safe at all times.”
Perrit said Jack Lee, a first responder, did a “quick stability inspection” of the building with her.
“I finished the thorough, more detailed inspection two hours later. Also, I called a Ferrell Gas technician to check our underground propane connections. No issues were found, so all is well here and our students and staff have quite a story to tell,” she said.
As of press time, Marshal Mike Wilkerson said he had received no reports or discussion about the earthquake affecting anyone in Norwood. He said he didn’t feel anything and was not aware an earthquake had occurred.
The Associated Press reported that a total of eight earthquakes measuring 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of Monday's earthquake since 1962. The most recent was the largest of those quakes.
Thomas Noce, a retired United States Geological Survey geologist who spent his careers studying earthquakes and now lives in Castle Valley, Utah, wrote to The Norwood Post on Monday.
“I thought it prudent to urge your subscribers and readers to participate in the ‘Did You Feel It?’ online interview process for those who felt the earthquake,” he said. “Valuable information is obtained from citizens’ descriptions of their experience.”
The public can access the questionnaire at earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/uu60315157/dyfi/intensity.
Noce said he thought the salt water deep injection well near Bedrock had something to do with the earthquake.