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The Local Quake Threat

Increase your understanding of the earthquake threat in the Intermountain Seismic Belt through a look at the region's earthquake history in Personalizing the Earthquake Threat. Photos, newspaper articles, and personal accounts have been compiled in this U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program funded project.

Do you live near a fault? Quaternary Fault Maps for Utah, Yellowstone National Park, the Intermountain Seismic Belt, and the Wasatch Front counties are available to view and download.

Liquefaction is a hazard associated with underlying conditions that exist in the Salt Lake valley. Liquefaction maps show where that hazard is likely to occur.

Some of the most frequently asked Questions and Answers about Utah Earthquakes are presented to help you understand the earthquake threat.

As early as 1883, G.K. Gilbert recognized and warned of the serious earthquake threat posed by active faults in Utah. Four segments of the Wasatch Fault are overdue for a magnitude 7 - 7.5 earthquake.

Yellowstone National Park is active with earthquakes in association with volcanic activity and faulting.

Extending from southwestern Montana to northern Arizona, the Intermountain Seismic Belt has fault structures different than the famous faults in California. Yet, it is a very active earthquake region.

The U.S. Geological Survey has a new earthquake-related web site. U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program is a gateway to earthquake information put out by them for people of all ages. Follow their links to information about the earthquake hazards and activity in your area.



 
 
Technician servicing station LDJ located near Jordanelle Reservoir.


Earthquakes in the Intermountain West is a traveling photographic exhibit developed by Earthquake Education Services at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey/National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The target audience for the exhibit is the general public and students. For additional information or to schedule the exhibit e-mail exhibit@seis.utah.edu or telephone (801)585-7972.

For extensive information about earthquake preparedness, see the Utah Division of Emergency Services, Utah Earthquake Preparedness Information Center.

For information about strategic plans being developed to minimize the effects of an earthquake on Utah's people, property, environment, and economy, see the Utah Seismic Safety Commission.





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