Late Friday night, Nevada shook again and this time it was from an earthquake near Reno. It turns out that Friday was not the only night Reno shook, and scientists are telling Nevada residents to brace for a big quake. I am not accustomed to shaking in earthquakes after living most of my life in Texas. Over the past year, our Salt Lake City apartment has rocked 6 times, possibly more, from seismic activity in the region.
Earlier in the year, our hardest Salt Lake City apartment shake came from the 6.0 Wells, Nevada earthquake on February 21, 2008. The latest was a 4.7 earthquake that hit 6 miles west of Reno, Nevada on Friday April 25, 2008 near midnight at the epicenter. We were watching Episode 6 of the HBO Miniseries, John Adams on HBO On Demand.
There have been over 100 aftershocks recorded after the 4.7 earthquake near Reno. In a Sunday morning newspaper report by The Salt Lake Tribune, seismologists warned residents of Nevada to be prepared for an even larger seismic event based on the recent increase of seismic activity over the past two months. Scientists have also been warning residents of Salt Lake City to brace for the big one, a magnitude 7.4 or higher.
To my amazement, I later checked the United States Geological Survey (USGS) web site and the following earthquakes had been reported over the past seven days:
April 22, 2008 – 11 miles NE of Wells, Nevada – 3.8
April 24, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 4.1
April 24, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 4.2
April 25, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 3.6
April 25, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 4.7
April 26, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 3.7
April 28, 2008 – 6 miles W of Reno, Nevada – 4.2
What Exactly Do Residents do to Prepare for the Big One?
City officials in Salt Lake City have spent the last six years preparing the Utah State Capitol building to withstand increased seismic activity. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has also renovated the Mormon Tabernacle Choir building to help preserve it during shocking earthquakes as strong as 7.0 or higher. Salt Lake City officials have also worked with the University of Utah Seismology Center to learn more about what can happen to the infrastructure of the city during and after an earthquake disaster, to help officials better prepare for assisting earthquake victims and restoring vital resources.
Here are links to some important information about earthquake preparedness that you might want to read. For example, if you live in a newer home, did you know that getting under a solid piece of furniture is better than standing in a door frame inside your house? Today’s buildings are not built with the kinds of sturdy door frames that were once built in the old days. Reading more earthquake home preparedness tips may save you and your children’s lives during an earthquake:
Home Preparedness Tips for an Earthquake
Home Preparedness Products for an Earthquake
Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, and Other Education Resources to Prepare Children for Earthquakes
If you are a spiritual person, you might think of preparing for something Bigger than the big earthquake. Get your confessions in order and repent for the sins you might be forgiven for on judgment day. For that matter, repent for all the sins. God is forgiving. Read Matthew 24:7-8 (King James Version):
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
USGS, Nevada Earthquakes from April 25 – April 28, 2008
Hazard maps: Utah’s worst-case quake could be a deadly 7.4 magnitude, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 22, 2008.
Reno Braces for Big Quake, The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, April 27, 2008
cnn.com report: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/26/reno.quake.ap/index.html
John Adams, HBO Miniseries
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