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Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety?

Post Date:03/24/2020

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The state of Utah is developing a specific website with earthquake information, but this will act as a placeholder for now

Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety?

This is dedicated to all of our friends, old and new, who have been reaching out to us in direct messages and through comments.

We want to send you our love and compassion.

Have you, or anyone you know, felt any of these after the Wednesday earthquake or any of its aftershocks?
• sleeplessness
• nervousness
• lack of focus
• “phantom” earthquakes
• endless questions and wondering

If you answered yes, you may have anxiety.
You need to know this is completely normal. You are not alone.

Read the rest and share with your friends who may need the discussion on our Twitter thread here or on our Facebook page here.

Consider the Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FEMA coming?
It’s too early to know if there will be any direct federal assistance to homeowners or businesses? State and local officials are conducting damage assessments now.

Where do I report damage to my home or business?
Please contact your city building official or building inspector.
You may need to contact your homeowners insurance provider if you have earthquake insurance. However, earthquake damage is not covered by your regular homeowners policy.

Are more earthquakes going to happen?
Yes, since March 18, there have been more than 334 aftershocks since the original earthquake. We expect aftershocks to continue for days or weeks. But an earthquake larger than 5.7 happening in the Magna area is extremely unlikely.

Is a magnitude 9.0 earthquake going to happen?
No. Utah’s faults are not large enough to generate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The largest we currently expect in Utah is a magnitude 7 to 7.5. 

How do I prepare for earthquakes?
Visit BeReadyUtah.gov and click the earthquake tab. 

Where can I get more information?
Search for UtahEmergency on Twitter of Facebook

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