Earthquake anxiety fades… eventually

jdoughertyDisasters, Recent earthquakes

2 months ago today, northern Utah was shaken by the largest quake in the Beehive State in a generation. Can you believe it? More than 2,000 aftershocks later, Utah is recovering from the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that woke us up at 7:09 a.m. That earthquake, the largest in Utah since a 5.9 quake in 1992, was another reminder that Utah … Read More

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes western Nevada

jdoughertyRecent earthquakes

Early Friday morning, at 5:03 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, Californians and Nevadans were awakened to shaking from a magnitude 6.5 earthquake with an epicenter in the Soda Spring Valley, about 30 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada. Though the most intense shaking was felt in Nevada and California, a handful of Utahns reported feeling light shaking as well — 300 to … Read More

Today’s M4.2 aftershock: Is this normal?

jdoughertyRecent earthquakes

We will continue to update this post with questions and more information. What do we know so far? Utah was shaken again following a magnitude 4.2 aftershock with an epicenter in Magna at 8:56 p.m. Many Utahns are asking if this is normal to have aftershocks almost a month after the main M5.7 earthquake that happened March 18. We received … Read More

Was the March 18, 2020, Magna Earthquake in the Forecast?

Mackenzie CopeGeology, Recent earthquakes

Utah Geological Survey has a 50-year forecast for earthquakes. In 2016, the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities (WGUEP) published a 50-year forecast for moderate to large earthquakes in the Wasatch Front region. They determined there was a 93% chance of having one or more earthquakes of magnitude 5 or larger in that time period. Given that high probability, the … Read More

M6.5 quake shakes central Idaho

jdoughertyGeology, Recent earthquakes

Should Utah be concerned? Not about this one. But we should still be prepared in general. Utahns are reporting shaking as far south as Salt Lake County. And reports continue to roll in from around northern Utah. Utah is not expected to have any damage from shaking from this quake. The University of Utah Seismograph stations tweeted that they expect … Read More