Lessons from Napa: Earthquake warns Utahns of sleeping giant

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  • amythann North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    I recommend that you read the policy very carefully before you decide to buy earthquake insurance. When I lived in California, the policies were so expensive and had so many exclusions that they just were not cost-effective. We found the same issues when we investigated polices for a Park City condo. Buyer beware!

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    I also wanted to add. My senior year in high school, we experienced the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Prior to the eruption, we pictured one being in the form of lava running down a steep slope - chasing a group of people wearing grass skirt. We lived 190 miles away and thought we were in no danger, but that was before it dumped two inches of ash on top of us and brought our state economy and transportation industries to a stand-still. Grocery store shelves were stripped clean in less than three hours.

    At home, we weren't that worried. My parents had long since followed prophetic counsel to have food supply. And it could have been worse - but, though we had no idea how to prepare for a volcanic eruption, we had done our best to prepare. Next time we'll stock up on air filters - those because worth their weight in gold. Other than that, emotionally we were okay and knew we would survive this. Our emotional states become the most critical thing and we are so much better off having at least tried to prepare.

  • 100%TruePAtriot cincinnati, OH
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Not to diminish the problem in any way, but it does pale in comparison to the upcoming disaster that awaits us all. A disaster that is going to change life as we know it. A disaster that not even our government can protect us against.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    And with his job as a reporter for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat he reported on the quake and gave us good information that is salient, explicit, and expressive with his suggestions for us.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    I think too many people have become complacent about things. We see almost daily on the news where some disaster: Quake, flood, drought, or even invasion - is going on and it is easy to rest comfortably in our easy chair as we watch the news.

    I am convinced that there is not a parcel of ground on the planet which cannot be touched by some force or another to complicate our lives.

    We can be grateful if our local governments or even national government has the best interest of the citizens at heart and is helping to prepare them. But we cannot count on that. It comes down to individual responsibility. Prepare yourselves. We can't anticipate every disaster, but often times, it is the act of preparation that will get us through, especially emotionally -- certainly more than relying upon government to rescue us.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    This will be interesting. In Provo city we are having a bond election for 105 million to rebuild several schools including one of the two district high schools. Many of the buildings in the high school are extremely dangerous, one has cracks inside and outside the building or basically throughout the structure. It also has other issues such as carpet that is over 30 years old and crown molding coming off at places perhaps exposing children to mold, as well as substandard wiring, venting and plumbing throughout the building. But in the case of earthquake, a mild earthquake, let alone one in the 6.0 range, could bring the structure down completely perhaps killing dozens if not hundreds of students. It will be interesting to see if the Provo residents step up and pass the bond, or if they think it is okay to continually house children in substandard and dangerous buildings.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    When you hear the "freight train" coming through your house, like we did in Chile's 8.8 earthquake, you should both slide out of bed and lie on the floor next to the bed. The resulting "triangle" could save your life in the event of a ceiling collapse.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:17 a.m.

    It helps a lot when you have local government looking out for the welfare of citizens and development in earthquake zones, flood plains, and mud/landslide zones and regulate development according to the zoning laws.

    In Utah the government leaders and developers go to great lengths and padding the pockets of many public officials to ignore and forget that there are any zoning laws.

    The foot hills of the Oquirhs (West Jordan, Sandy, Draper) are restricted and zoned hazardous and no build zones for residential housing, but padding a few politicians pockets works every time. Homes and land slides and sinkholes abound and no one is accountable.

    The same with the NSL mountain slide where documents before construction even began 8-10 years ago have popped up declaring this a high risk land slide and underground aquifers close to the surface but the politicians again got paid and the developer is destroying more lives and the city says its not their fault they let a builder endanger lives.

    Point is, without government support we are at the mercy of conscientious government that seems unwilling to warn public of impending disasters zones so you can prepare for them.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    This article is sobering, to say the least. How is one really prepared emotionally for something like this? We, however, can go through the steps physically as mentioned. Thanks for the warning.