Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Utah has a magnitude 5.7 earthquake

Utah PIO Association (March 18, 2020)

Dr. Keith Koper of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations explains the magnitude of the 5.7 earthquake in Utah today.

The best sources for information are:

@UtahEmergency on Twitter
UtahEmergency on Facebook
University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Utah Geological Survey


Myth: Officials are predicting a larger earthquake in the next 30 minutes.
Fact: Earthquakes cannot be predicted. However, we are 95 percent certain that the earthquake this morning was the main quake.

Myth: Officials (FEMA) are telling people to evacuate
Fact: They are not. This was a strong earthquake, but see actual sources above. We expect to see some damage, but we will get through this

Myth: Shut off your natural gas
Fact: Only shut it off if you hear or smell gas escaping.

Myth: Get in a doorway.
Fact: It's better to get under a table or desk.

Myth: Earthquakes can be predicted. They cannot be predicted, however, we expect that the earthquake we felt today was the largest one of the sequence. That is true in 95% of earthquakes.

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