Fissure in booming Utah city divides residents, swallows dreams

At the northern end of a small but rapidly growing southern Utah community lies a modern ghost town.


Worst rockfalls, landslides in Zion National Park

A large rockfall recently closed state Route 9 in Zion National Park, prompting us to take a look back at the worst rockfalls and landslides in the park’s history.


Cause of Afghan Quake Is a Deep Mystery

Causes of earthquakes in remote areas remain a mystery. Read more on what scientists think is going on in Afghanistan where a 7.5 earthquake recently shook the area.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake that shook northeast Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday was a type of quake not easily understood by scientists, even though it happened in what the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls “one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.”


North Salt Lake passes ordinance it hopes will stem problems with landslides

After the devastation caused by last year’s landslide that destroyed one home and damaged property, the North Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a new geologic-hazard ordinance.


Big Quakes Can Trigger Other Shakes Thousands of Miles Away

An earthquake felt round the world. Research shows that large earthquakes may trigger smaller earthquakes thousands of miles away.

On April 11, 2012, an 8.6 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean shook the Sumatran coast. Only a day later—3,900 miles (6,230 km) away—seismologists detected a set of smaller temblors rattling the eastern coast of Japan.


Muddy floodwaters from weekend storm cause traffic havoc from California to Utah

Chaos from California to Utah—this past weekend’s storms brought areas of flood waters across the area.

New video and images showcase wild weekend weather that affected people from California to Utah.


What Earthquake Maps Should Really Look Like

When we hear that a magnitude 8 earthquake has struck, we know that’s worse than a magnitude 4 earthquake. But how much worse?


Seismologists See Salt Lake City Future Disaster by Reading the Dirt

If you missed it a couple of weeks ago, here is an article outlining the paleoseismic study some of our UGS geologists helped with on a trench.

Not far from I-215 in Salt Lake City, near the airport, a deep trench cuts through the earth. Though it looks like a sewer repair project, there’s nothing down here but dirt. And dirt, to the trained eye, can reveal quite a bit about a city’s future.


Seismic makeover for Utah County dam and reservoir

The Silver Lake Flat Dam is getting a makeover to improve stability in the event of a large earthquake

Nestled high in the mountains above several northern Utah County communities, the Silver Lake Flat Dam could fail in an earthquake, sending gushing waters down the canyon and likely killing a couple thousand people.


Giant rock fall blocks road near Zion National Park

A giant rock fall has blocked the main park road.


See the official National Park Service News Release HERE for more information.