- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City is unprepared for a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that is due to hit the West Valley fault line sometime in the next 100 years.

Researchers released the finding in a report Thursday that also serves as a plan of action in the event of a disaster. It specifies steps that can be taken to mitigate damage ahead of time, like implementing more stringent building codes.

The Salt Lake City portion of the fault line experiences a 7.0-magnitude quake every 1,300 to 1,500 years. It’s been 1,400 years since the last one hit.

Researchers are using trenches to gather data. The report predicts the next earthquake of that size would cause $33 million in economic damage.


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