Media Contacts:
Joe Dougherty
Division of Emergency Management

Mark Milligan
Utah Geological Survey

State of Utah launches interagency earthquake information website

Salt Lake City (March 31, 2020) — Since the magnitude 5.7 Magna earthquake two weeks ago, the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), Utah Geological Survey (UGS) and University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS), among others, have been inundated with earthquake-related questions and requests for more information.

To enhance access to important scientific and earthquake preparedness information, DEM, and its partner agencies, have launched a new website, serves as a one-stop online resource for the following information: 

  • Answers to frequently asked questions and rumors about earthquakes in Utah, including family preparedness, geology, seismic safety and social anxiety. 
  • Information specific to the March 18 Magna earthquake and its aftershocks, and details for those wanting  to report damage.
  • Helpful resources on what Utahns can do before, during and after an earthquake to be better prepared for future events.
  • Direction regarding unreinforced masonry buildings, and available tax credits and grant programs. 
  • Scientific resources specific to the unique geology of Utah, including probabilities of future earthquakes, locations of faults, ongoing monitoring and outcomes of a scenario magnitude 7 earthquake.

Partners in creating the online resource include the Utah Department of Public Safety, DEM, UGS, UUSS, Be Ready Utah, The Great Utah Shake Out, Utah Seismic Safety Commission, Utah Insurance Department, FEMA and the U.S. Geological Survey.