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Idaho Experiencing Earthquake Swarms As Residents Heed Warnings

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Idaho Experiencing Earthquake Swarms As Residents Heed Warnings

An earthquake swarm in Idaho has residents in the area fearing the worst. One of the largest earthquakes plus 99 tremors have rattled the Southeastern region of the state since Saturday. Thousands of locals have felt the effects and many are extremely concerned over the matter. There have been no reported injuries or property damage, according to police.

The earthquake swarm has affected the Caribou County area. Some cities in the northern region of Utah have also felt the earthquake swarm. Earthquake swarms can potentially last for many months unabated.

While Idaho does at times experience tremors, this recent earthquake swarm is startling residents and officials alike. Authorities can’t recall ever having experienced an earthquake swarm of this magnitude and frequency. This has led to concerns of the earthquake swarm being that of a precursor to a much larger earthquake event.

Here are the daily earthquake swarm totals:

  • Saturday: 34
  • Sunday: 34
  • Monday: 28
  • Tuesday: 4

The situation continues to draw attention as officials advise locals to have an earthquake preparedness plan in place. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said that in his 40 years of service, he’s never seen anything like this recent Idaho earthquake swarm. In fact, he claims he can remember three earthquakes occurring in a short amount of time at most.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Nielsen said to the Idaho State Journal. “My wife asked if we should leave the house.”

The most powerful earthquake so far measured in at 5.3 on the Richter scale. This occurred near the town of Soda Springs. A 5.3 can inflict injury and structural damage. People as far away as Salt Lake City have reportedly felt some of the earthquakes.

How To Survive An Earthquake

We are preppers, so of course, this needs to be discussed. If you live in an earthquake territory, and even if you don’t, you should have an earthquake prepper plan. With fracking going on, places like Oklahoma, which commonly never experienced earthquakes before, are suddenly experiencing them rather routinely. The problem with earthquakes is that they are super unpredictable. So prepping for an earthquake means doing so when you don’t expect one. In the case of the Idaho earthquake swarm, residents are at least getting some warning, but nothing is conclusive. You should always be prepared.

  • Furniture should be secured.
  • Don’t hang things over your bed. Odds are, you will be in bed when an earthquake strikes.
  • Have shoes by your bed. You don’t want to walk on broken glass in bare feet.
  • Have supplies such as water, batteries, canned foods, water filters, medications and first aid at your disposal.
  • Have your bug out bag essentials.
  • Have a meetup plan with family members. Where would you eventually meet up?
  • Keep a full tank of gas at all times.
  • Have some cash (see the bug out bag essentials list).

 Earthquake Survival – During The Event

If and when an earthquake strikes, make sure that you do not run outside. Powerlines collapsing can kill you, as well as falling glass and debris. Find a table or desk and crawl under it so as to protect your head. If the earthquake is powerful enough, you may not get far walking due to the shaking and rolling effects which may cause vertigo. In this case, cover your head.
Do not get in a doorway intentionally. Doors can slam open and shut and injure you, plus, a doorway doesn’t offer much protection from collapsing debris.
After the earthquake, remember, the event is likely far from over. Aftershocks pose even more danger because items that were shaken loose but did not collapse, may now collapse. Aftershocks can take down entire structures. When the initial earthquake ends, make sure you are wearing shoes. Grab your bug out bag and get out. Be aware of live power lines and structures which may still fall from above.
If you are in a car during an earthquake, stop the car and stay put. Do not exit the vehicle. The car can act as a protection device from falling debris. Driving may become tough. You may think the car is breaking down. If you are under a building, consider in that case moving the vehicle out from underneath of the structure.
If you end up trapped, do not try to move collapsed debris in haste. You might cause more falling debris to pile on to an already bad situation. If you can use your phone to call for help, do that immediately. Whistle if you can so as to alert rescuers of your location in the debris.
Attend to any injuries with immediacy using a first aid kit.
Follow our prepper news site for all the latest on this situation and many other weather events.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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