Earthquakes in my life

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Earthquakes in my life


My readers: you will realize that I may have a strange hobby for a Real Estate Agent. I like to observe earth movements (earthquakes) in my locality. Here I have chosen to look at the whole of Utah and include places north to Yellowstone, conveniently labeled “The Intermountain Corridor” by the US Seismic Service.


The maps that I observe indicate earthquake locations and intensity for the last week. This time 34 events are recorded.

Esrthquakes Intermountain Corridor





Draw an X on a map corner to corner, and at the overlap you have my approximate location. 

I live in Sandy UT


Several years of observation indicate that I can expect 20 – 50 earthquakes per week in the region Most of these are under 2.5 (Richter Scale), in the micro range, at a significant depth and of short duration. Most occurrences pass unnoticed by locals. To feel these, a person has to be standing on ground, in the vicinity of the occurrence..


As always, my observations, my hobby, are provided to inform, never to alarm.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It is amazing to think you can record 25 to 50 minor quakes a week in your area. Keep counting! Enjoy your day!

May 20, 2012 08:13 PM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Larry,  I am so glad you are keeping on eye on this.  It is amazing how much activity occurs without our knowledge.  I'm sure you are up to date on the large 6.0 quake in Italy.  So sad.

May 21, 2012 03:57 AM #2
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

We lived in California for 22 years. Earthquakes that were below 5.0 were not a big deal anymore. However, there are those few seconds when you FREEZE to see how hard it will shake and/or see how long it will last. When the 8.0+ hit years ago, it was pretty crazy and we weren't even in the heart of it.

May 22, 2012 10:36 AM #3
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Wayne - will do so, Used to be able to take shows and socks off to get to twenty. Now I have to rely on fingers only for counting.

Belinda - noted in Italy that most damage was in 1940s buildings. Smaller quakes of longer duration always do most destruction.

John - this is why I live in Utah. My hobby in CA would be plain hard work with the extra occurrances. Enjoy your shaking.

May 22, 2012 11:39 AM #4
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Afternoon Larry,

Thank you for commenting on my post.  You were very thoughtful.  Regarding your hobby, I find it to be fascinating, not strange at all.  Keeping track of siesmic activities could be quite a vocation...depending of course on your locality.  Thaks for sharing with us

May 25, 2012 05:13 AM #5
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lloyd - strange only because most would rather not know. It's an offshoot of my training in Archaeology.

May 26, 2012 11:01 AM #6
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