Latest Earthquake Preparedness Salt Lake City Stories

2011-02-24 13:56:55

The terribly destructive earthquake that just hit Christchurch, New Zealand, was only a moderate 6.3 magnitude, but had certain characteristics that offer an important lesson to cities up and down the West Coast of North America that face similar risks, experts say. The New Zealand earthquake killed dozens "“ and some fear the death toll may rise to the hundreds "“ and was an aftershock of the much more powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck that nation last September near...

2010-03-05 13:30:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A majority of Californians have taken initial steps toward earthquake preparedness but more than 60 percent of Californians have not done enough to make their homes safer and guard their personal finances in preparation for an inevitable, large-scale earthquake, according to a recent California Earthquake Preparedness Survey. Although state and local public safety and emergency management agencies are better prepared than ever before,...

2009-10-09 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Northern California Earthquake happening this month, earthquake engineers and authors Peter Yanev and Andrew Thompson have completely updated and expanded the best-selling 1974 book Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country: How To Save Your Home, Business, and Life. This all new edition--available in bookstores now--features new information and photos, and distills the essentials everyone needs to know...

2009-04-15 21:37:45

The federal government will spend $29.4 million to upgrade the nation's earthquake detection equipment, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday. The economic stimulus money will go to the U.S. Geological Survey. Salazar said at a news conference in San Francisco that the agency will use the money to significantly improve the timely delivery of information to high-hazard quake zones such as the Bay area. The U.S. Geological Survey will replace old instruments -- some as old as 40...

2008-11-21 14:09:50

A government report said on Thursday that people in a vast seismic zone in the southern and midwestern United States would face catastrophic damage if a major earthquake struck in the area. The report also urged builders to keep that risk in mind when developing construction plans. If earthquakes strike in what geologists define as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, they would cause the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States, according to the Federal Emergency...

2005-10-14 13:45:00

The San Francisco Bay region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next 20 years, and a roughly 1 percent chance of such an earthquake each year, according to the "Virtual California" computer simulation. The Virtual California approach to earthquake forecasting is similar to the computer models used for weather forecasting, said John Rundle, director of the UC Davis Computational Science and Engineering Center, who has developed the model with colleagues from...

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