People should be prepared for the worst when it comes to the earthquake swarm that’s been shaking Southeast Idaho since Saturday evening . . .
Still, the most alarming scenario is that the earthquake swarm will end with a very destructive 7.0 magnitude earthquake capable of destroying buildings and killing people.
The good news is that the experts say the chance of that happening is very low.
“While we can’t guarantee that there won’t be a larger quake in this area, the possibility is extremely low,” said Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, an Idaho State University geosciences assistant professor who studies earthquakes. “We live in a seismically active area, so everyone should always be up to date on their earthquake safety, just like they would for a fire drill. It is prudent to be prepared, even when the likelihood of the event is very low.”
There have been 141 earthquakes in Southeast Idaho since Saturday evening — all near the Caribou County city of Soda Springs. There were 25 quakes Wednesday, 20 on Tuesday, 28 on Monday, 34 throughout the day on Sunday and 34 on Saturday night. All 141 of the quakes were reported by University of Utah Seismograph Stations. (Read more from “Southeast Idaho Experiences 140 Earthquakes in Under a Week” HERE)