I'm not trying to scare anybody off, Utah is a great place to live. But you may as well know before you move here that Utah is earthquake country.
I was talking to a potential new client today who is relocating here from the east coast. In conversation I brought up earthquake insurance and the prospect asked: You have earthquakes there?
Well, we don't have too many, but we are one of the 5 Most Dangerous U.S. Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California. (Wired Magazine)
Image: US Geological Survey
If you want to research the topic, here is a link to the University of Utah Seismograph Station's website where they have some Utah Earthquake FAQs: http://www.seis.utah.edu/qfacts/utfaq.shtml
And here is information from the Utah Geological Survey: http://geology.utah.gov/utahgeo/hazards/eqfault/eqfact.htm
I've lived in the Salt Lake Valley for the past 15 years and I've only felt one or two earthquakes that I can remember and they were very minor. Most people didn't even notice them. But experts say we are due for a "big one" soon.
From 2004 to 2007 the Utah State Capitol underwent a historic restoration and a seismic upgrade whick included the installation of a base isolation system that allows "the building to survive as much as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Capitol
Not many agents would blog about this, but in the interest of full disclosure, if you are moving to Utah, you might as well know.
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