Nothing shook in Utah over the weekend, according to Sue Nava, senior staff seismologist at the University of Utah.
And while the earth didn't move, the telephone sure did. "Nothing unusual, just a lot more phone calls from the public," she said.Some people called the U.'s Seismograph Station to ask scientists what area of the United States would be safe over the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3. Those are the dates when a New Mexico man, Iben Browning, predicted an earthquake might rumble down the Midwest's New Madrid Fault and Utah's Wasatch Fault.
"We just tell them business as usual," Nava said. "It's very frustrating for the scientists because we know you can't predict earthquakes.
"I think that people just want to believe that we can predict earthquakes, and they don't want to believe we can't."
Officials at Jordan, Granite and Salt Lake school districts say they aren't aware of any sweeping absenteeism because of earthquake fears. But in Utah County, some parents are expressing concern. The office secretary at Maeser Elementary said she had received 15 calls from parents who were keeping their children home from school.
Maeser, as well as Franklin and Joaquin elementaries, are older structures that Provo City officials say are not seismically sound.
Marilyn Weaver, regional office manager for Smith's Foods, said several stores reported increased sales of toilet paper and bottled water.