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Earthquakes in the Intermountain West Traveling Exhibit at SUU Library

Published: October 01, 2004 | Author: Sheri Butler | Category: Academics

Just like the strike of an earthquake, the timing was not planned for a traveling exhibit on earthquakes to be showing at the Southern Utah University Library at the same time earthquake activity is prominent in the daily news! But the timeliness of current events makes this exhibit even more attractive.

So be sure to stop by the Library at SUU between October 5 and October 28 to view photos and examples from personal accounts of earthquake incidents within the Earthquakes in the Intermountain West exhibit.

This traveling display tells the story of earthquakes in the intermountain west that have occurred within the last 80 years. While visiting this exhibit you will learn what an earthquake is, why we have them, what they can do and what you can do about them.

This exhibit is made possible by Earthquake Education Services at the University of Utah with funding from the U. S. Geological Survey/National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

Earthquakes can occur anywhere within the state of Utah. During the past 6,000 years large earthquakes have occurred on the Wasatch fault on the average of once every 400 years. The chance of a large earthquake on this fault region during the next 50 years is about one-in-four. There are about 700 earthquakes (including aftershocks) in the Utah region each year. Approximately 2 percent of these are felt and an average of 13 have a magnitude of 3.0 or larger. The last large earthquake of 5.4 occurred January 29, 1989, 16 miles southeast of Salina, Utah.

SUU Library hours are:
Monday – Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday 2-10 p.m.

The library will be closed Sunday, October 24, but will be opened 2–10 pm on Monday October 25.

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