ShakeOut stories: Preparing for the big one

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah could soon be hit with a major earthquake. And all across the state people practiced what to do in such an emergency with the Great Utah ShakeOut.

Roughly 900,000 Utahns participated in a simulated earthquake Tuesday morning - schools, hospitals, military personnel, businesses and families. KSL followed the stories of the the ShakeOut all across the state to show what it would be like for the many people in the state, and how best to prepare.

Click down the left side of the page or on videos up at the top to see what happened around the state, as well as learn more about how to be prepared in the event of a major disaster.

In the meantime, here are some interesting stats about what could happen in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

  • An estimated 30,000 homes could collapse
  • There would likely be billions of dollars in damages across the state.
  • 23,000 people could be killed.
  • Another 30,000 could be injured.
  • Upwards of 100,000 people could be displaced from their homes.


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