Regional News: Utah’s big earthquake: buildings damaged, but no major injuries, as state braces for days of aftershocks

By The Salt Lake Tribune

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Magna at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday, shaking homes from Logan down to Utah County. It was the state’s largest since a 1992 earthquake in St. George. The last Salt Lake County earthquake of at least a magnitude 5 was in 1962.

Unified Fire Department, Rio Tinto and Utah Highway patrol set up a staging area in the parking lot of Saltair Wednesday to respond to the chemical spill at a warehouse, Mar. 18, 2020.
/ Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune

Latest updates:

• A strong aftershock was felt at 1:12 p.m. It registered a 4.6.

• Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County declared earthquake related emergencies, giving them access to federal funds.

• There were power outages, gas leaks and a chemical spill at Kennecott. The acid spill, and a plume it released into the air, was not threatening the public, officials say.

• There have been no reports of serious injuries.

• Rumors of a big earthquake coming are untrue, a forecast of potential aftershocks is included below.

• The earthquake has caused damage to downtown buildings and even the Salt Lake Temple, where the Angel Moroni statue lost its trumpet.

• The Salt Lake City International Airport has reopened. Some state courts have closed.

• In West Valley City, 48 mobile homes were shifted off of their foundations, displacing residents. A Red Cross evacuation center has opened at Valley Junior High School, 4295 3200 West.

“All things considered, we’ve been very fortunate,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said.


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