A 5.7 magnitude quake struck the Magna, Utah area this morning, causing widespread minor damage and possibly structural damage to buildings.
The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, and about 2.8 million in the state probably felt the quake, the US Geological Survey reports. Dozens of aftershocks followed, one reaching magnitude 4.5. "No injuries have been reported to Church employees".
The airport and the Salt Lake Temple were damaged, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "The power has been knocked out in some areas", the department said. Residents reported feeling shaking across a 100-mile (160 kilometer) area, with the heaviest impact in Salt Lake County, officials said.
People gather on the sidewalk after a partial building collapse following an natural disaster Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
Police officers walk past rubble after an natural disaster Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. "We hope to be able to resume these programs tomorrow", the district tweeted.
Please stay away from the downtown area while crews assess damage.
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But authorities did not expect to find severe damage in most structures, said Doughtery, the emergency management spokesman.
Elsewhere, there were reports of fallen lights and bookcases. It caused the release of chemicals at Kennecott copper mine west of Salt Lake City, creating a visible plume that moved toward the Great Salt Lake, said Clint Mecham, Salt Lake County's emergency manager.
"The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple's smaller spire stones". "This event emphasizes why this project is so necessary to preserve this historic building and create a safer environment for all our patrons and visitors".
Salt Lake International Airport is closed with flights grounded and officials evacuating the terminals and concourses as the Federal Aviation Administration shut down the airport's control tower, according to airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer. Police blocked the road to the airport, allowing in only those who were picking up passengers.
The outlet also reported a series of aftershocks following the quake.