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
Author: Jim Satney
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