News release: FEMA Urges Utah Quake Survivors to Guard Against Fraud and I.D. Theft

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SALT LAKE CITY – Often after a disaster, scam artists and identity thieves attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors.Sometimes, those who try to register with FEMA discover that someone has already registered using their name. Scammers may contact survivors who have not registered with FEMA and try to extract money or information. In these cases, it’s likely the survivor’s personal … Read More

4 months later: Did you have damage from the Magna earthquake?

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Davis and Salt Lake County residents may be eligible for federal assistance Disaster Assistance steps Register with FEMA at or or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Help in many languages is also available. Registration takes you through a survey with about 25 questions, asking the location of the home, how many occupants, what kind of … Read More

News release: Salt Lake and Davis County residents with March earthquake losses can register with FEMA

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July 16, 2020 Utah homeowners and renters in Salt Lake and Davis counties who had uninsured losses from the March 18 earthquake may be eligible for federal disaster assistance from FEMA. FEMA has programs that provide financial help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs and other essential disaster-related needs. First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance … Read More

Earthquake anxiety fades… eventually

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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

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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

A clearer look at earthquake faults in Utah


Thanks to a 4-year effort by the Utah Geological Survey, Utah now has a better look at Wasatch Front faults from southern Idaho to central Utah The overall length of the Wasatch fault, 240 miles, has not changed, but details to the existing faults have been added to the library. We now have 739 mapped miles of fault strands, compared … Read More

U.S. earthquake history: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake

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What changes do you make when 80 percent of the city is destroyed? How do you plan ahead so this doesn’t happen here? 114 years ago today, at 5:12 a.m., what is understood to be a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the coast of northern California. Shaking lasted for 42 seconds and was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles. The earthquake, … Read More

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

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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