A lull in seismic events this week in the Intermountain West

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A lull in seismic events this week in the Intermountain West

recent earthquakes, Intermountain West

My hobby of observing seismic events (earthquakes) for the Intermountain West (Utah to Yellowstone) over the last week shows we have had 24 events ~ all in the micro category.

  • 18 events across Utah, with a 2.3 at Tropic UT
  • 3 events West Yellowstone MT. Biggest for the week, a 2.6.
  • 2 events Warm River ID
  • 1 event Hoya NV.

The closest to me was a a micro event last Friday at Canyon Rim UT, 5 mile NNE of Sandy UT.

Information on seismic events for the Intermountain Corridor is readily available from the US Seismic Service located at the University of Utah.

As usual the information provided by my hobby is designed to inform and interest, never to alarm.

As a resident Sandy UT I observe the normal precautions relating to the area, especially those pertaining to Seniors, and the Disabled. I participate in Earthquake Drills and attend information meetings.

All in all, a quiet week. How did you fare?


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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Larry, I have to ask, however did this become to be your hobby? I didn't know that people followed seismic activity, I thought that was something that only government employees did. It actually sounds pretty interesting.

Sep 25, 2012 12:16 AM #1
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO

Larry ~ Now that I live in Colorado, I don't experience earthquakes like I did when I lived on Guam or in San Jose. I was in the Loma Prieta earthquake of '89 and up until that point, I thought they were all fun. That one made me think twice. Stay safe... shake, rattle and roll... ;)

Sep 25, 2012 12:16 AM #2
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Malcolm - I am an Archaeologist by training, so I have an interest in Geology and Geomorphology. Since moving to Sandy UT, I have been observing the Intermountain Corridor for seismic events since I live in the middle of the map of a reasonably active area (a 6.0 expected about every 20 years). I admit my hobby is a little weird, but very interesting, with not too many participants. Other people search for UFOs...

Jon - the "Ring of Fire" certainly makes us feel we inhabit a living planet. You make interesting comments with your experiences.  Earthquakes in say California tend to be horizontal so in sensing them our middle ear (balance) comes into play making them more obvious. Here in UT and probably in CO they tend to be vertical, so we need to be in ground contact to feel the smaller ones.

Sep 25, 2012 12:34 AM #3
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

What a fun interest - thankfully earthquakes don't happen in Central PA often! :)  24 events seems like quite a lot.  I think I'll stay in PA!

Sep 26, 2012 05:37 AM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Joy - you appear to be in a quiet state in PA although some of your neighbors tend to share theirs, PA does have a Hazzard Program just to be on the safe side. Utah is still a great place to visit, even if you decide not to live here.

Sep 26, 2012 06:40 AM #5
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