Earthquake Strikes Northeast of Magna

Mar 19, 2020

At approximately 0710 local time (1310 UTC) on 18 March 2020, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck 2.5 mi (4 km) north-northeast of Magna, Utah, and approximately 15 mi southwest of Salt Lake City, the state capital, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake was registered at an approximate depth of 6 mi. Reports indicate that residents of Salt Lake City felt the tremor, as did those in the cities of Logan and Provo, located approximately 80 mi north and 45 mi south of the quake’s epicenter, respectively. Approximately 55,000 homes and businesses in the region are currently experiencing power outages. Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC/SLC) sustained damage and has suspended operations; passengers were evacuated from the terminals. The quake also caused moderate damage to residences and other buildings in Salt Lake City, including the state’s laboratory for testing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stated has urged the general populace to avoid Salt Lake City’s downtown area as crews further assess the extent of the damage. No reports of casualties have emerged thus far. 

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