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Predicting Earthquakes

Scientists have spent much time and effort trying to determine a method for predicting earthquakes. The ability to save lives and property is something every seismologist (scientist who studies earthquakes) would like to help develop. However, accurate prediction of earthquakes cannot be done anywhere in the world, including Utah. The information that you may hear in the media about when the next earthquake might occur are educated predictions made by scientists. These predictions almost always have have a large amount of uncertainty.

Although scientific predictions of earthquakes is uncertain, scientists are able to locate seismically active areas and provide important information about future likelihood of earthquakes. This information includes:

  • the range of earthquake magnitudes that could possibly occur,
  • recurrence intervals between each earthquake event on any one fault,
  • recurrence intervals between earthquakes for groups of faults in a region,
  • areas most likely to impacted,
  • where earthquake hazards are most likely to cause damage or loss of life

To find out more about current U of U Seismograph Stations research about future earthquake events in Utah- select from the links below

How Recurrence Intervals are The Tools for Constructing Earthquake Clocks - Estimated

The Earthquake Clock on the Wasatch Fault

The Earthquake Clock Throughout the Wasatch Front Region

The Earthquake Clock in Southwestern Utah