Earthquake Information Center Tours

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Rio Tinto Earthquake Information Center

Are you looking for an exiting field trip opportunity for your class?

  • EIC tours are open for grades 5 and up.  We have groups from Elementary, Middle, High School, and University classes.  In addition to student groups several community groups interested in Earthquakes have come through for tours.
  • Most tours last 45-60min for up to 25 participants at a time.  Frequently large groups will split up into smaller groups with one group doing a building tour of Sutton building’s many geologic displays.  To request a building tour please contact the Geology & Geophysics Department.
  • Tours are available Monday – Friday 9am- 3pm, subject to availability.  It is best to contact us at least a month prior to the tour.
  • Call 801-581-6274 to reserve a tour.

Topics covered during most tours include:

  • What is a Seismograph Station and where are they?
  • Why we use different types of instruments and telemetry?
  • How do we locate an earthquake?
  • How do we determine magnitudes?
  • Where do we have earthquakes in Utah and Yellowstone, how many, and how big?
  • Earthquake hazard in Utah and Yellowstone.
  • UUSS role in earthquake response through ShakeMap and the Utah Department of Public Safety.
  • Earthquake safety and preparedness.