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Did You Know?

There are a lot of hazards that affect the Salt Lake Valley region. Some are more prominent than others that has the potential to impact Salt Lake Community College's campuses. Here are some things to know about the hazards in Salt Lake Valley.


  • There is a 1-in-7 chance of a 7.0 magnitude or larger earthquake occurring along the Wasatch Front in the next 50 years.
  • There are two fault lines in Salt Lake Valley of high concern: the large Wasatch Fault to the east that runs from Malad City, Idaho in the north to Fayette, Utah to the South, and the smaller West Valley Fault to the west. The reason behind this concern comes from the potential of both of these faults rupturing at the same time since they are connected deep within the Earth's crust.
  • A third fault line is connected to the West Valley Fault that runs underneath the Redwood/Taylorsville Campus. This fault line is called the Taylorsville Fault.


  • Think tornadoes only happen in the plain states? Think again. August 11th, 1999, a big year in concerns of tornadoes, a F-2 tornado went through downtown Salt Lake City. One person died, approximately 80 people were injured by the storm, and about $170 million was done in damage!
  • This is not the first tornado either. There have been at least 13 tornadoes in Salt Lake County since 1965. The majority are F-0 tornadoes and thus very weak, but there have been 3 F-1s and 2 F-2 tornadoes.

Winter Weather

  • Snow averages in Salt Lake Valley are at about 61 inches in a year, with January hosting the average highest snowfall during the year.