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A 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook the earth beneath a few small towns in southern Utah Saturday.

PANGUITCH, Garfield County — A 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook the earth beneath a few small towns in southern Utah Saturday.

The minor quake occurred at about 10 a.m. and was centered about 1 mile south of Panguitch, according to a University of Utah Seismolograph Station report. The temblor was followed by a 2.5-magnitude aftershock about nine minutes after the initial quake, with others that followed within the hour.

The Panguitch Fire Department and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office report receiving calls about the quake from the public but nothing about damages or injuries.

Fire Chief Dave Dodds says the quake lasted between three and four seconds.

Seismologists say 25 earthquakes of magnitude-3.0 or greater have occurred in the area since 1962.

—Wendy Leonard and The Associated Press