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FEMA approves disaster assistance for Utah earthquake

A building on Magna's historic Main Street was one of many damaged in this week's earthquake. But the good news is it could be rebuilt. (Photo: Utah State History Facebook page)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster assistance for Utah from the earthquake of March 18, 2020 and subsequent aftershocks. 

The action means people in Davis and Salt Lake Counties can apply for federal disaster funding, which includes grants and loans. 

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake, centered near Magna, caused damage to a number of buildings in the area. Hundreds of aftershocks followed in the weeks afterward, including a pair of minor shakers on Wednesday measuring less than 3.0. 

In a news release, FEMA said residents and business owners can apply for temporary housing and home repair grants as well as low-cost loans for uninsured property losses from the earthquake. Those interested must register online with FEMA or call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. 

The assistance applies for damages or losses suffered between March 18 and April 17, 2020.


Earthquake preparedness and resources

For the latest earthquakes in our region, please visit the KSL earthquake tracker.

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