Tuesday, April 17, 2012


As you may recognize, the earthquake (seismic) activity is increasing.  Here is the latest.

Here is the latest global activity....


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 04:03:17 UTC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12:03:17 AM at epicenter
  • 46 km (28 miles) N of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
    98 km (60 miles) WNW of Los Andes, Valparaiso, Chile

    106 km (65 miles) N of San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile
    127 km (78 miles) NW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 08:51:26 UTC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 08:51:26 PM at epicenter
  • 157 km (97 miles) ESE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
    284 km (176 miles) SSE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
    923 km (573 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
    1197 km (743 miles) S of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 07:13:50 UTC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 05:13:50 PM at epicenter
  • 139 km (86 miles) N of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
    146 km (90 miles) ESE of Madang, New Guinea, PNG
    440 km (273 miles) N of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
    2516 km (1563 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Magnitude 5.3 - SULAWESI, INDONESIA

    • Monday, April 16, 2012 at 18:01:19 UTC
    • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 02:01:19 AM at epicenter
    • 168 km (104 miles) NNW of Kendari, Sulawesi, Indonesia
      198 km (123 miles) ENE of Palopo, Sulawesi, Indonesia
      1470 km (913 miles) NW of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia
      1723 km (1070 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia


    • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 03:24:24 UTC
    • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:24:24 AM at epicenter
    • 80 km (49 miles) WSW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
      280 km (173 miles) W of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia
      821 km (510 miles) WNW of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
      1861 km (1156 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

      • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 04:25:02 UTC
      • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 01:25:02 PM at epicenter
      • 116 km (72 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
        164 km (101 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
        166 km (103 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
        367 km (228 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

      SOURCE: usgs

Currently, Utah is practicing an emergency preparedness drill called "Utah ShakeOut".

Here is a link ShakeOut.Org

Here is a link to a game to help you prepare...DROP COVER HOLD



The Great Utah ShakeOut

On April 17 at 10:15 a.m., the state of Utah will hold the first statewide earthquake drill, the largest of its kind ever to be held in the state.
Its called the Great Utah ShakeOut.
Joe Dougherty explains how to gather and build your personal emergency preparedness supplies and how to prepare your home. Below are links to Dougherty's columns.

Time to ShakeOut and learn more preparedness

By Joe Dougherty
For the Deseret News

It’s nearly time. Months of planning and preparing have gotten you ready. Mother Nature even gave Garfield County a magnitude 4.3 earthquake this past week as a physical reminder. Tuesday, at 10:15 a.m., more than 860,000 Utahns will participate as part of the statewide earthquake drill, the Great Utah ShakeOut. This is the largest earthquake drill we’ve ever done as a state. This is a time to test your own plans, supplies and procedures in a simulated earthquake. How will you perform?

First, it’s important you know what to do when an earthquake strikes. Remember to drop to the ground, so an earthquake doesn’t drop you to the ground. Take cover under a sturdy table or desk. Hold on until the shaking stops. When it is safe, exit the building.

There are theories out there about alternate methods of staying safe in an earthquake, but you’re more likely to be injured or killed by things falling or flying around. That’s why you take cover. Statistically, it’s safest to be under a desk or table.

After an earthquake, you assess your surroundings. Is your home or office safe? Do you smell gas? If so, do you know where and how to shut it off? Remember, never shut off the gas unless you can smell it, hear it or see obvious damage to the gas line. Are there injured people near you? Are there small fires you can put out with your fire extinguisher? Small fires are one of the most common threats following an earthquake. If these questions are hard to answer, this is the time to start answering them.

For just a few more weeks, the Deseret News and Utah Disaster Kleenup will bring you these columns to help you know what to do after an earthquake. And as you can see, how you respond depends on how well you prepare. Further preparedness information is always available at BeReadyUtah.gov.

More on what to do after an earthquake:

  • Expect aftershocks.

  • Help trapped or injured neighbors.

  • Don’t move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury or death.

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for information.

  • Put on shoes, long pants and gloves to clean up.

  • Open cabinets carefully.

Next week, I’ll bring you more information, as well as a recap of the ShakeOut.

Joe Dougherty is a preparedness expert and the spokesman for the Utah Division of Emergency Management and Be Ready Utah. Send your preparedness tips to jdougherty@utah.gov. Daily preparedness tips available at twitter.com/bereadyutah.

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