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Quake shakes northern Utah; downtown SLC buildings sway

Published February 21, 2008 7:25 am

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Posted: 7:36 AM- A northeastern Nevada earthquake of 6.3 magnitude shook buildings some 200 miles away in downtown Salt Lake City this morning. The seismic event had buildings swaying for several minutes.

The seismic event, reportedly with an epicenter 42 miles west of Wendover, struck at 7:16 a.m., had buildings swaying for several minutes. The Salt Lake Tribune's seven-story building the Gateway Mall shook in an east-to-west fashion; light fixtures swayed about six inches to a foot.

Sheryl Peterson of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations confirmed the quake had been felt throughout the area.

Reports of the quake being felt extended as far north as Preston, Idaho, and south through the Salt Lake Valley into Utah County.