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A leading source of information on earthquake safety, the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) is celebrating 25 years of outreach to reduce Utah’s earthquake hazards and manage earthquake risk. The USSC promotes legislation, education, and awareness in order to save lives, prevent injuries, protect property, and reduce social and economic disruption from the effects of severe seismic activity in Utah.

Please join us for an open house as we review the successes of the past 25 years and take a look at the future of the USSC.

Open House: Thursday, July 11, 2019

11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda: 350 N State SLC, UT.

USSC 25th Anniversary Flyer | Capitol Hill Complex Map

The USSC is the central state organization for reducing Utah’s earthquake risk by coordinating efforts, developing public policy, and disseminating results. Here you can find a large earthquake Salt Lake City scenario, and helpful booklet “Putting Down Roots” on preparing for earthquakes. Use the search to find all other USSC documents including photographs and PDFs. Visit the website HERE to help make a plan with your family and friends!

Other helpful links:
Where to Find Earthquake Information
Putting Down Roots PDF

A wonderful resource for earthquake safety and preparedness has just been released. The report was developed by the Utah Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and was prepared for the Utah Seismic Safety Commission.

The Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Wasatch Fault-Salt Lake City Segment: Hazards and Loss Estimates report provides information about the effects of the Wasatch fault scenario earthquake-in particular, how long it may take the state of Utah and its residents to fully recover and the potential long-term impacts on Utah’s economy. The ultimate goal of this report is to catalyze public and private actions that will increase pre-disaster resiliency through earthquake preparedness-being prepared to WITHSTAND, to RESPOND, and to RECOVER.

Follow this link to obtain a PDF copy HERE!


Ready or not, someday an earthquake will come, and Gov. Gary Herbert has declared July 17 as Utah Seismic Safety Commission Day to honor those who have worked for two decades to help Utahns be better prepared for earthquakes and their aftermaths.



A volunteer panel that assesses earthquake risks in Utah said it examined nearly 130 school buildings in the state and found more than half fail to meet federal earthquake safety guidelines.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday that 77 of 128 Utah school buildings examined by the Utah Seismic Safety Commission failed the so-called sidewalk surveys last fall.

Officials say most school buildings are made of unreinforced bricks and blocks. They’d be unlikely to stand up to a significant temblor.

The 15-member commission — made up of engineers, architects, government officials and others — reviews earthquake hazards and advises lawmakers, and state and local agencies. Its latest findings are in a report called “Utah Students at Risk: The Earthquake Hazards of School Buildings.”

Using a computerized seismic evaluation tool approved by FEMA, the engineers found that 51 of the 128 school buildings were strong enough to withstand a significant temblor. Another 77 buildings had a 1-in-100 chance of collapsing during the biggest earthquake that is considered likely.

The Utah Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey have said an earthquake about 500 years ago tore a deep gash along a 35-mile section of the Wasatch Fault known as the Weber segment.

The quake was likely a magnitude 6.5 or 7 — large enough to cause major damage if it occurred today.

Project engineer Barry Welliver says all 1,000 school buildings in the state need to be checked.

“We’re trying to say you can’t afford to do nothing,” said Welliver, a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah, which co-sponsored the report.




Gov. Gary Herbert has designated April 4-10 as Earthquake Preparedness Week.

A website provides tips on what to do in preparation for an earthquake and its aftermath.

The Utah Seismic Safety Commission says about 700 earthquakes, including aftershocks, occur every year in Utah.

Roughly 80 percent of the state’s population would be affected by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch Fault.