Downtown construction no trigger for local earthquakes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Demolition crews tearing through a pair of downtown Salt Lake City malls may be rattling the windows of nearby buildings, but the work isn't registering on the Richter scale.

University of Utah seismologists say they get periodic inquiries asking if razing the ZCMI Mall, Crossroads Mall and other downtown buildings have triggered earthquakes.

University earthquake specialist Mike Hale says: No. He says the nearest seismic recording instrument is about 1.5 miles from the construction work.

Hale says the project is too small and lacks a high enough frequency to travel to a seismograph station.

The malls are being destroyed to make way for a new multi-use development project.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

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