Friday, April 1, 2011
EARLY MORNING EARTHQUAKE DAMAGES QUARRY VISITOR CENTER AND DINOSAUR BONES
At 4:47 AM Mountain Standard Time a 2.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in northeastern Utah. While not a powerful quake, the epicenter was shallow and only 4 miles south of Dinosaur National Monument. Two of the I-beams beams in the center of the north wall of the QVC failed and dropped onto the quarry face. About 40 percent of the roof and three roof I-beams also fell onto the quarry. Because it was before the start of the work day there were, thankfully, no injuries. However, with light of day preliminary examination of the quarry shows extensive damage to fossils, many of which probably cannot be repaired. April Fools!