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Southern Utah quake is a reminder of what's to come

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah has had several small earthquakes within a year with the most recent being last night. However, we are expecting "the big one" at any time.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah has had several small earthquakes within a year with the most recent being last night. However, the state is expecting "the big one" at any time.

A 4.8 earthquake in southern Utah last night is a reminder of what's to come.
Utahns are gearing up. “I just think about the glass breaking. That would be pretty scary,” said Jennifer Kunzler of Salt Lake.

Buildings like Utah’s Capital have been remodeled, but some run the risk of collapsing. “So what you have underneath the capital are 264 base isolators. Each one weighs 5 thousand pounds and they are designed to move independently of the capital,” said Joe Dougherty, spokesperson for the State Division of Emergency Management.

The most important one is your home. An earthquake won't show mercy. “It can cause landslides, rock falls, it can set a home loose from its foundation and send it down a cliff,” he added.

Kim Campbell from Ogden has been through a large earthquake in California. She believes many of the buildings in her community are not safe. “I live right along the Weber River. The homes down there run a big risk if there was an earthquake. I'm sure there would be massive flooding,” she commented.

Perhaps buildings the state depends on will get major damage. “Some of the most important buildings are hospitals. We expect that if we had a major earthquake we would have hospitals that would not be available for their emergency work,” said Dougherty.

Investing on securing your home now will make a difference, but better yet have a plan. “First and foremost look for family. Get everyone together. Get underneath the table or the door,” said Anthony Pineda of Salt Lake.

Just a reminder the “Great Utah Shakeout” is happening on April 17th at 10:15 AM. It would be a great idea for businesses and families to participate to get a better idea of what to do when the real one happens.
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