FEMA Earthquake Simulation Results for Salt Lake City

  • A 7.0 earthquake at 2 p.m., in the middle of the workday, would cause 100,000 injuries > 10,000 fatalities.
  • Most injury and death caused by heavy damage of large numbers of unreinforced masonry buildings.
  • Damage estimates of approximately 30 billion dollars in losses.
  • More than 50% of Utah schools were built before seismic building codes, and many may collapse increasing the death toll among children

Wasatch Front Earthquake

Earthquake Safety Awareness Survey Results

  • 41% of the respondents were moderately, vaguely, or not at all aware that there is a significant threat of an earthquake
  • 50% of the respondents feel slightly or not at all prepared for an earthquake
  • 56% of the respondents guessed incorrectly about what to do if you are inside during an earthquake.
  • 64% of people would go to the internet to find out information on earthquake preparedness