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Salt Lake City Utah - Earthquake Country

I'm not trying to scare anybody off, Utah is a great place to live. But you may as well know before you move here that Utah is earthquake country.

I was talking to a potential new client today who is relocating here from the east coast. In conversation I brought up earthquake insurance and the prospect asked: You have earthquakes there?

Well, we don't have too many, but we are one of the 5 Most Dangerous U.S. Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California. (Wired Magazine)

United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazard Map

Image: US Geological Survey

If you want to research the topic, here is a link to the University of Utah Seismograph Station's website where they have some Utah Earthquake FAQs: http://www.seis.utah.edu/qfacts/utfaq.shtml

And here is information from the Utah Geological Survey: http://geology.utah.gov/utahgeo/hazards/eqfault/eqfact.htm

I've lived in the Salt Lake Valley for the past 15 years and I've only felt one or two earthquakes that I can remember and they were very minor. Most people didn't even notice them. But experts say we are due for a "big one" soon.

From 2004 to 2007 the Utah State Capitol underwent a historic restoration and a seismic upgrade whick included the installation of a base isolation system that allows "the building to survive as much as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Capitol

Not many agents would blog about this, but in the interest of full disclosure, if you are moving to Utah, you might as well know.

If you are thinking about buying a home in the Salt Lake City, Utah area and want an agent who will tell you the good AND the bad and the ugly, make sure you hire an E.B.A.!
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Comment balloon 3 commentsBenjamin Clark • January 11 2012 01:20AM

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I was clueless that Utah is Earthquake country.  Being from California, I don't notice those pesky little shakers much but I do remember one of the larger ones.  That was the one that knocked down a section of the S.F. Bay Bridge.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) almost 7 years ago

I remember that too, Doug. The A's and the Giants were playing together in the World Series. 1989. I actually "missed" that one as I was riding in a car at the time. Didn't feel a thing.

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

It was terrible though.

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

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