The recent earthquakes that happened right in Utah might seem like it’s nothing, but experts are saying otherwise. They say it’s a preview for something much worse that could tear that area completely.
The recent earthquake was known as the big one. This is a topic that happens a lot around the dinner tables in Utah, and it’s been a hot topic for over 50 years. It’s something we oftentimes think about, and it is something we should worry about. If the experts are correct though, it’s something we’ll be experiencing sooner than later.
There were a series of tremors that recently happened right in the middle of one of the most populous areas within Utah. With the news of Yellowstone possibly erupting, there are a lot of anxieties about The Big One possibly coming forward. Earthquakes are also at the top of the mind at the moment, but here are some of the most pressing questions that have others worried.
So is Utah Earthquake Country?
The answer at the end of the day is yes, and if we needed any reassurance that it is, we’ve gotten it recently.
The most prevalent area is Bluffdale which’s in south salt lake city, along with Kanosh in Millard county have been hit with 106 earthquakes combined since February 15th of this year. This is pretty alarming for most people, but the state as well gets over 700 earthquakes a year, and it’s in the top 10 for earthquakes by severity and frequency, with Alaska being number 1, then California, and then Nevada and Hawaii. But, what’s unusual about this is the quakes that are between, and the distance that’s there. Usually, when the earthquakes happen, they’re all in the same place, especially if they happen multiple times a day. But they aren’t, and that’s why it’s cause for worry. They aren’t fully related to one another, simply because they’re too far away from one another.
The remote triggering might set off others way out of the zone of aftershocks. However, the biggest thing about these quakes is that we are sitting ducks to these natural disasters.
But, just how vulnerable are we? Well, scientists have found that the odds of being it by the “big one” is at 50% now at least for the next 50 years. This may be a 7.0 earthquake that happens all across the front. However, some seismologists do declare it may be a bit less of a chance in the next 50 years, with it being down to 25%, but even so, this could end up being sooner rather than later.
But her’s the truth of it, we’re way past due on this. There is a significant chance we’ll be seeing an earthquake in Utah tomorrow.
What may happen if the Earthquake hits it
The answer depends on the location of the center of it. Over the last 6000 years, almost all the earthquakes occurring on this have hit the 150 miles of distance, and it can be 40 miles outside Payson and just a few minutes from the county line in Utah.
For most in Utah, that small area is where most live. About 75% of the population live in the counties that are between Brigham, and levan. They are the cities of Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah. For a perspective on this, it puts the population on par with Cleveland and Pittsburgh, along with cities of Nashville and New Orleans. While it isn’t NYC, there is a major metropolitan area in their,e and it’s still top 30 in the country.
Of course, that means, short of California, their’s a bunch of humans crammed into a major area of the fault line, and it’s the most dense outside of California. And of course, unlike most places in Cali, there are some geographic features that could especially prove catastrophic on that.
The Grat Slat lakes in Utah, along with the Utah lake are both very close to these major cities and are hemmed partly by mountains. The experts at the University of Utah warned that the geological makeup of this, the larger earthquake could cause landslides, soil liquefication, rock falls, and even the tilting of the valley floors that may cause the Great Salt Lake or even the Utah lake to inundate the parts of salt Lake City, and Provo
The floods may also be intimidating for those in the middle of the country, who usually have the worst threats to property and life. It isn’t the wind that’s worrisome during hurricanes, but the floodwaters that cause the most fatalities.
Winter Weather Nightmares
The one thing that differs from the rest of the country for Utah however, is the fact that the winter weather will cause a lot more trouble than California and the others. Most people in Utah experience the good old winter weather, from November to about March. That’s usually when the days are below freezing, and the snow there is prevalent, something that they’re famous for.
So that’s five months of the winter, with a 50-50 chance that a major earthquake may happen. However, if that were to happen, thousands would be injured, and you’d lose billions of dollar.s
But why is it so bad for Utah? For starters, the power would be shut off for days, or even weeks, and if it’s cold, it can wipe out water and communication issues, which leaves people completely exposed to the cold.
Earthquakes like this guarantee that possibility. Whether it’s due to overuse or damage, the power will go down. It’s gone down for 8-12 hours, and when it’s coming back, it can be spotty for about a month, sometimes longer to be reliable as well.
It’s a scary situation, that’s for sure.
But it isn’t just that, the road conditions will be terrible too. These slowed road conditions could cause people to mass evacuate, and when it’s icy, that puts more people in danger, and residents would be stranded in the cold for days, the worst situation for most people.
It is something that could even cut the valleys into pieces, causing issues with traffic, road conditions,m and even communication to others. It’s the worst possible scenario, and not good for those in the Utah area.
How do You Survive this Then
You need to know the basics of earthquakes, and know how to immediately respond to it. There is no way around this, and when it happens, you’re putting yourself, and others in danger too. You will want to always make sure you have the emergency preparedness, and always make sure that you drop, cover, and hold when you respond to it, and depending on where you are, and who you are with, this could be devastating.
Have a plan, and make sure you can evacuate to safety within a reasonable time.
You should insure the home against earthquakes too, and make sure that the home has a strong enough foundation. It may not be enough, it may still cause a lot of trouble, but for those who are in earthquake country, it could end up being the one thing that sets them apart from the rest, and the way to prevent it from getting worse.