4.9 earthquake rocked Utah, Wyoming and Idaho

Posted: April 16, 2010 in natural disasters
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16 April 2010

Hitting 5 miles from Randolph, this Utah earthquake, at a magnitude of 4.9, is the largest since 1992. There have been no reported casualties in this area and that is definitely good news, but with all of the seismic activity going on since January of this year, it seems as if the Earth is picking up activity but the US Geological Survey Newsroom says, ‘no’…

With Haiti, Chile, Mexico, China and now Utah all being hit this year, it’s hard to believe this kind of catastrophe is normal, but Dr. Michael Blanpied, USGS Associate Coordinator for Earthquake Hazards, said, “While the number of earthquakes is within the normal range, this does not diminish the fact that there has been extreme devastation and loss of life in heavily populated areas.”

http://www.busybuzzblogging.com/1651/earthquake-coming-soon-to-a-neighborhood-near-you/

Also see: (Video)
KSL.com online

4.9 magnitude earthquake hits northern Utah
April 15th, 2010 @ 10:19pm

RANDOLPH, Utah — A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck in Rich County Thursday evening, and people throughout the Salt Lake Valley felt it. The quake hit at 5:59 p.m., roughly 4 miles northeast of Randolph.

The most serious damage KSL News found was at Rich County High school, where several pictures fell off the wall. The University of Utah Seismograph Station classified this as a “moderate” earthquake. Though many people felt it, there have been no reports of serious damage.

According to the seismograph station, a total of 4 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater have occurred within 16 miles of the epicenter of this earthquake since 1962.

Quake felt in parts of Utah, Wyo. and Idaho

The U.S. Geological Survey Web site logged more than 1,400 responses from people who said they felt Thursday’s quake less than an hour after it struck. Responses ranged from Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden to Jackson, Wyo., and Pocatello, Idaho.

As the ground shook near Randolph, equipment at the University of Utah was recording every tremor.

“In this part of Utah, it’s most certainly a naturally occurring tectonic earthquake,” said Dr. Walter Arabasz, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Station.

This is the largest earthquake in Utah in the past 18 years, but nowhere near the largest in our state’s history. In September of 1921, two strong earthquakes near Elsinore damaged homes and buildings; in August of 1962, a magnitude 5.7 left nine homes unlivable. But the largest was in March of 1934: a 6.6 quake near the north shore of the Great Salt Lake.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=10403157

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