A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, early Wednesday. The quake was centered about 10 miles west of Salt Lake City and near the city of Magna.
This was the state's largest earthquake since 1992. It was followed by more than 25 aftershocks, the strongest registering magnitude 4.4Power has been knocked out to 73,000 customers, including at the ABC Salt Lake affiliate KTVX studio. Work at the state's public health lab amid the coronavirus pandemic was suspended. The state's coronavirus hotline, which residents may call to request tests and seek information, was down after the quake. Flights to Salt Lake International Airport were being diverted and departures were postponed. There were reports of damage to homes and businesses but no major collapses.
The Salt Lake City Temple sustained minor damage. „The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple’s smaller spire stone. No workers were injured,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in statement. The quake comes as Utah residents, like people across the world, are adjusting to changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic, including canceling schools and limiting mass gatherings.