The Great Utah ShakeOut
On April 17th, 2012 at 10:17 AM, almost one million Utahns, including our community at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, participated in an event named the Utah ShakeOut drill, in an attempt to prepare us for the largest earthquake in Utah in modern times, expected to hit the Wasatch front sometime in the near future. According to this news source at http://www.shakeout.org/utah/whyparticipate/ , a major earthquake happens along the Wasatch fault line every 350 to 400 years, and it has currently been 350 years since the last major earthquake.
The video on that page goes through a hypothetical situation of what could happen when this major earthquake hits Utah. It predicts that 2300 people will die, and about 30,000 will be injured. It states that 350,000 people will be displaced from their homes, and Utah will be without water and electricity for several weeks. However, there are many things we can do right now to help ourselves and our community out in order to lessen the potential damage of this inevitable earthquake that will most likely occur in the next 50 years. For starters, we should own fire extinguishers. Along with that, we should have a three day supply of water in our houses for each person in the family, as well as an emergency plan for what do in case of an earthquake. If we all follow these guidelines, the results of this earthquake will likely be much less damaging.