WSU to Host Earthquake Preparedness Fair

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is inviting the community to learn more about the likelihood of a major earthquake along the Wasatch Front and how to prepare for it.

WSU’s Department of Geosciences and the student chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (a national Earth science honor society) are presenting “Weber State Shake Up” April 6 and 7 in Lind Lecture Hall. The two-day event is designed to educate the community about living in earthquake country.

On April 6 at 7 p.m., WSU geosciences professors Adolph Yonkee and Michael Hernandez will discuss the nature of the Wasatch Fault and the hazards associated with living near an active fault line. The presentation will be held in Lind Lecture Hall Room 125 and is intended for an adult audience, but older children are welcome.

The Earthquake Preparedness Fair will be held April 7 from noon to 4 p.m. in Lind Lecture Hall. The fair features speakers, hands-on demonstrations, games and prizes, and activities for the whole family. Representatives from the American Red Cross, CERT, Department of Homeland Security – Be Ready Utah, Questar, and Ogden City Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions and staff information booths.

Educational seminars during the fair include: “Earthquake Hazards,” presented by Nadine Taylor with Be Ready Utah, “Local Earthquakes in the Area,” presented by WSU geosciences professor Jeffery Eaton, and “Wasatch Earthquake Preparedness” presented by Lance Peterson, director of Weber County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

All events and activities are free to the public. For more information about the fair and tips for earthquake preparedness, go to community.weber.edu/earthquake.

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Contact:

Sara Yearsley, Sigma Gamma Epsilon president
801-682-5545 • syearsley1@yahoo.com

Adolph Yonkee, chair, Department of Geosciences
801-626-7419 • ayonkee@weber.edu

Author:
Randee Jensen, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • randeejensen@weber.edu