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Damage reported in Salt Lake City after 5.7 magnitude Magna earthquake

Mar 18, 2020, 8:58 AM | Updated: 2:02 pm
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Some bricks from the facade of Silvercrest Elementary in Herriman fell off after the earthquake. Photo: Alex Cabrero, KSL

SALT LAKE CITY — The road to the Salt Lake City airport is closed, a wall outside the Salt Lake Rescue Mission collapsed, and there are other reports of damage across the region after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks near Magna.

At the time of this writing, the airport’s traffic control tower is evacuated and airport officials asked people not to go to the airport. People at the airport shared videos of running water on the floor inside.

West Valley City police reported damage across their city after the Magna earthquake. They set up a command center to respond more quickly.

The angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost his trumpet.

Area residents reported multiple buildings with bricks knocked off their facades, such as Silvercrest Elementary School in Herriman.

The Utah Department of Transportation closed I-80 EB near Tooele to conduct structural inspections.


Earthquake preparedness

Utah is “Earthquake Country,” meaning the state is susceptible to earthquakes, especially along the Wasatch Front. It’s important to prepare yourself and your family for an earthquake. Here are some basic tips on earthquake preparedness:

Before an Earthquake

  • Move or secure objects that could fall and hurt you
  • Identify your building’s potential weaknesses and begin to fix them
  • Create a disaster-preparedness plan and have disaster supply kits ready

During an Earthquake

  • Seek cover under sturdy furniture or doorways. As things move, hold on, and move with it.
  • Move away from windows and objects that could fall
  • Move against a wall in the interior of the building, cover and protect yourself

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Damage reported in Salt Lake City after 5.7 magnitude Magna earthquake