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Research Community Updates - Earthquake

Last Updated: April 9, 2020, 11:27 AM

The purpose of this webpage is to update the UofU Research Community in regards to earthquake events.

Research Community Earthquake Update – April 9, 2019 11:27 AM

All campus buildings have been cleared for occupancy, including the William Browning Building. However, please check with your respective college dean for permission to access any campus buildings during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Research Community Earthquake Update - March 18, 2020 3:10 PM

In response to today's earthquake, please know we have been closely monitoring research facilities and operations.  We are providing the following updates:

  • Research buildings have gone through initial assessment, and with the exception of the Browning building, have been cleared for re-occupancy. Essential personnel only should check laboratory spaces for damage and report hazardous conditions to Environmental Health and Safety (1-6590 or visit the EHS Website).
  • All vivaria have been evaluated and remain operational.
  • All central research support operations remain functional. Please refer to the VPR website for continued guidance.  

Research Community Earthquake Update - March 18, 2020 9:56 AM

Please follow the public safety alerts and UofU campus alerts. ONLY essential laboratory personnel should check all laboratory spaces for damage when the safety alerts are lifted.

Research Community Earthquake Update - March 18, 2020 8:59 AM

At 7:09 am, the University experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna. Essential personnel only should check all  laboratory spaces for damage. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at 801-581-6590 for assistance with cleanup of any spilled laboratory chemicals, and check the Office of the Vice President for Research website related to the earthquake this morning. 

Open closet, refrigerator/freezer and cabinet doors cautiously; contents may have shifted during the shaking of an earthquake and could fall, creating further damage or injury. If you are working in a lab, make sure you have lab PPE (lab coat, gloves, eye protection) on as you assess damage. Aftershocks following earthquakes can cause further damage – it is recommended that you secure your laboratory spaces and send laboratory workers home for the day.


Last Updated: 4/9/20