A moderate earthquake jolted a remote area of southern Utah over the weekend, but there were no reports that anyone felt it, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations reported.

The temblor occurred at 2:49 p.m. MST Saturday and measured 4.2 on the Richter scale, a gauge of energy released by an earthquake as measured by the ground motion recorded on a seismograph.Its epicenter was 11 miles southeast of Escalante, a sparsely populated area in the center of the state about 60 miles from the Arizona state line, said senior seismologist Sue Nava.

The last recorded earthquake in the area of sparse seismic activity took place in August 1988.

A earthquake of magnitude 4 can cause moderate damage.