I’m still trying to catch up on some of my past news.
Here’s one from Southeast Idaho. From the Idaho State Journal.
The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday.
But then Saturday arrived and by day’s end 19 quakes had struck.
There have been 34 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 204 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda Springs.
They have been felt throughout Southeast Idaho and as far away as Logan, Ogden and Salt Lake City in northern Utah.
Earthquake experts say the worst-case scenario is that the swarm ends with a destructive 7.0 magnitude quake that will destroy buildings and kill people, but the chances of that are slim.
Dr. David Pearson, an Idaho State University geologist who studies earthquakes, said scientists who have researched some of the faults in Southeast Idaho have concluded that the 7.0 quake is possible at some point in the region’s future, but the current earthquake swarm is not necessarily an indication that it will occur anytime soon.
Pearson said the faults in Southeast Idaho that produce earthquakes have not been extensively studied and this makes it difficult to determine when a destructive 7.0 earthquake could occur.
He said it’s possible that one byproduct of the current earthquake swarm is that earthquake experts might start paying more attention to Southeast Idaho and its temblor potential. If more research on Southeast Idaho’s seismic activity occurs, Pearson said there will be more information about what’s going on under the Earth’s surface here so that seismic activity such as earthquake swarms can be better explained.