Seismic Activity in the Intermountain West

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Seismic Activity in the Intermountain West

seismic activity in Intermountain West

Even though I do not always communicate the results publicly, I have a hobby of observing Seismic Activity (earthquakes) for occurances over seven day periods for the Intermountain Corridor (Utah to Yellowstone).

Draw a corner to corner X on my map, and you have me living right at the cross over, in Sandy UT - hence my observed area of interest.

My information is obtained from the US Seismic Service located at the University of Utah. The information provided is updated hourly.

Fifty three events for this week is not unusual. Most events are under 3.0 which places them them in the micro category. This week produced three events (3.1, 3.5, and 3.7), all at Enoch UT, in the minor earthquake category. Such readings in other states might produce national Press interest, but being in peaceful Utah, they scarcely rated a mention.

Results for the week:

  • Utah - 29 events, 23 at Enoch UT
  • Montana - 18 events, 16 at West Yellowstone MT
  • Wyoming - 5 events, all recorded at Alta WY

My hobby exists to inform, never to alarm. Like all prudent people living in this beautiful part of the world, I heed preparedness preparations suggested for residents by local authorities,especially those for Seniors and the Disabled.

One day I may meet others who share a similar hobby.


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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Larry,  Sounds like you are still movin and shakin in your part of the world.  Very good information

Feb 13, 2013 05:59 AM #1
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Larry.  I had no idea Utah was so unstable! Just a guess, but I doubt many people who share your hobby are living in calm, stable North Carolina!

Feb 13, 2013 08:23 AM #2
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Belinda - plenty of events to make it interesting. I need to check CO for you again soon.

Dianne - most events go unnoticed. No need yet to put up handrails for visitors. Great attractions of mountains and snow hide other aspects as simple as earthquakes, especially those in the micro range.

Feb 13, 2013 08:36 AM #3
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Glad to see you're back. Hope you're feeling well. That is a most interesting hobby. I've never met anyone who studied this but, then again, I imagine New York is not the most likely place for an earthquake to occur.

Feb 14, 2013 11:11 PM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jill - We each experience forces of nature where we can be but observers. Living at 4,5000 feet is certainly different than sea level. We just happen to feature seismic events. I am well and active again, thanks.

Feb 15, 2013 07:27 AM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Larry,

You're not just a REALTOR®

You're an educator and a scholar!



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