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Red Cross asks Utahns for help

Utah's fate at the hands of an earthquake similar to Washington state's temblor Wednesday would be far worse than Seattle or the surrounding area suffered.

That's why the American Red Cross is asking Utahns to help out with disaster relief efforts in the Northwest.

"When a similar tragedy befalls us, the generosity will be returned," said Susan Sheehan, chief executive officer of the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. "When a call for help is sounded, our national and international partnerships become invaluable."

Red Cross is asking for cash contributions because it is the most effective way to provide relief and does not require cleaning or transportation costs. The Seattle-area quake caused approximately $2 billion in damage.

"The Red Cross knows no jurisdictional boundaries," Sheehan said."