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Campaign Urges Utahns to ‘Be Ready’ for disasters

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Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. That’s why state officials are urging Utahns to “Be Ready.”

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Be Ready Utah Week celebrates ten years of preparing Utah

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has declared this week as Be Ready Utah Week. Do you have a plan in place in the event of a natural disaster?

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For 10 years, Be Ready Utah has reached millions of people with simple preparedness messages to get them ready for disaster. The reason is simple: Preparedness saves lives, time, effort and money when disaster strikes. Come celebrate 10 years with us by sharing those messages with your audience.

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City seeks grant to stabilize blue clay slide area, purchase homes for demolition

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City officials are anxiously waiting to find out if they will receive a $1.6 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to purchase properties and stabilize a hillside that has destroyed homes and is threatening others.

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Mistakes Led to Needless Deaths From Worst Volcanic Blast

Looking at Mount St. Helens in hindsight, and trying to assess the unknown danger of a volcano blast.

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Government officials had plenty of time to ensure that everyone was safely evacuated from the area around Mount St. Helens, the Washington State volcano that erupted on May 18, 1980. The mountain had been showing signs that it might blow for months before that fatal Sunday. But logging interests, which owned most of the land around the volcano, were at odds with geologists over how big the danger zone should be. And no one anticipated the strength of the eruption, which spewed 540 million tons of ash into the air and killed 57 people. [Find out why Mount St. Helens is still dangerous.]

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Iron County Emergency Management works to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters

They say practice makes perfect, and on the subject of earthquakes in Utah, it’d be wise to plan ahead. Have you discussed your plan with friends and family in the event of a large earthquake? Do you have an emergency kit made up? The Southwest Utah Public Health Department, along with several partner agencies, will be holding an earthquake drill on March 17, 2016 throughout southwest Utah. Find more information in the article on how you can participate and help preparedness efforts.

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Whether we realize it or not, Southern Utah is earthquake country. There have been numerous small earthquakes in this area in recent years and, according to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), they provide a good reminder that people in Utah and Northern Arizona should be prepared.

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For more earthquake preparedness information, visit http://www.utah.gov/beready/index.html.

Did you feel it? Magnitude 3.8 quake shakes southern Utah

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Did you feel it? A Magnitude 4.0 earthquake, that has since been downgraded to 3.82, shook southeastern Utah with the epicenter about 43 miles south of Hanksville, Utah, Tuesday.

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Find the University of Utah Seismograph Station report HERE

Landslide Inventory Map of The Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow Area, Sanpete County, Utah

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Landslide Inventory Map of The Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow Area, Sanpete County, Utah

By: Gregg S. Beukelman, Ben A. Erickson, and Richard E. Giraud

This map represents a landslide inventory of part of the Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow area, Sanpete County, Utah, at a scale of 1:24,000. The map covers 42 square miles on the west side of the Wasatch Plateau and includes parts of the Sixmile Creek and North Hollow-Twelvemile Creek Hydrologic Units. The map and accompanying geodatabase show and characterize landslides and provide information useful for managing landslide-related issues. Spatial and tabular data for each landslide are stored in the geodatabase and linked to the inventory map. Landslide information in the geodatabase includes: area, material type, movement type, landslide deposit name, landslide source name, movement activity, thickness, movement direction, approximate movement, dates, geologic unit(s) associated with landsliding, confidence in mapped boundaries, mapper, peer reviewer, and general comments. This CD contains geographic information system (GIS) files in ESRI file geodatabase and shapefile formats. Specialized GIS software is required to use the GIS files.

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Paleoseismology of Utah, Volume 27: Geologic Mapping and Paleoseismic Investigations of the Washington Fault Zone, Washington County, Utah, and Mohave County, Arizona

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Edited By: William R. Lund

This publication presents four investigations that provide new geologic and paleoseismic data on the Washington fault zone in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona. (1) New 1:24,000-scale geologic mapping shows the location and length of young surface ruptures and the relative ages of displaced surficial deposits along the fault zone. Based on the mapping, the former Northern section of the fault zone has been subdivided into the Fort Pearce and Washington Hollow sections. (2) A paleoseismic trenching investigation of a scarp on a latest Quaternary alluvial fan in Arizona that provides information on paleoearthquake timing, displacement, and recurrence for the Fort Pearce section, which traverses the St. George metropolitan area. (3) Trace element and major oxide geochemical correlation and radiometric dating of volcanic flows displaced across the fault that provide early to middle Quaternary vertical slip-rates for the Fort Pearce and Sullivan Draw sections of the fault.. (4) A geotechnical investigation that provides information on fault locations, paleoearthquakes, and displacement no the Fort Pearce section. These investigations show the Fort Pearce section of the Washington fault zone has experienced at least two surface-faulting earthquakes in the Holocene and a minimum of five earthquakes in the past ~68 ka.

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Utah’s “Earthquake Lady” shows us what to pack in your emergency bag

Maralin Hoff, known as “Utah’s Earthquake Lady” to some, talks about making your own emergency kits. For some great and well rounded advice, this is a great article to check out!

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Maralin Hoff, also known as, “Utah’s Earthquake Lady” shared some tips on how to make your own emergency kits. She was given the nickname “Earthquake Lady” by the Red Hills Middle School in Richfield, Utah in 1995 because she demonstrated an earthquake with a 5-room doll house with the real sound of a California earthquake on a CD. Maralin travels all over the state of Utah to present on emergency preparedness. She talked about why it is important for every family member of the household to have a personalized emergency backpack –  and don’t forget the house pets. She says they should have a kit pre-made and if you receive a knock at the door by authorities indicating that you and your family need to evacuate your home due to a fire nearby your kits are ready to grab and you’re out of there. You will be directed to go to a nearby school, church or the American Red Cross shelter-in-place. Have a kit for your place of business and your vehicle as well as home. Keep your kits updated and rotate specific items at least every six months, such as change of clothes size, batteries for flash lights, portable radio, and drinking water. If you are interested in preparedness presentations for your business, school and church, contact your local Emergency Management Agency. You can get more information on the website: BeReadyUtah.gov

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Small earthquake rattles southwestern Utah

Any of our friends in southern Utah feel the earthquake over the weekend? A minor earthquake occurred about 13 miles outside of Enterprise, UT, on Saturday afternoon.

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A small earthquake shook Washington County on Saturday afternoon.

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See the official earthquake report provided by the University of Utah Seismograph Stations HERE