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Earthquake blog: Updates from Utah's 5.7 quake that rocked Salt Lake and the Wasatch Front

By Jacob Klopfenstein, Xoel Cardenas and Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Mar. 18, 2020 at 10:04 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 18, 2020 at 7:17 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — The strongest earthquake to hit Utah in 28 years rocked the state just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the 5.7 magnitude quake hit just northeast of Magna about 7:09 a.m.

No deaths have been reported as a result of the earthquake, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said in a news conference. Various gas leaks and instances of building damage have been reported, she said.

You can watch the news conference at the 10:55 mark below:

A second 3.7 magnitude aftershock hit about 7:15 a.m., according to the USGS, and another 3.5 magnitude aftershock hit shortly thereafter. Dozens of aftershocks happened throughout the day, the largest being a 4.6 magnitude that hit shortly after 1 p.m.

Rumors of a bigger earthquake coming later Wednesday are untrue, according to Utah emergency officials. In 95% of earthquakes, the first quake is the strongest, according to the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

Salt Lake County officials are currently asking people to stay off the roads and stay home if possible.

The latest updates on Wednesday's earthquake will be posted below. If you're on a mobile device and can't see the updates, click on this link.

Updates are also available over the airwaves via KSL NewsRadio, 102.7 FM or 1160 AM, or via KSL 5 TV.

Wednesday, 09:53pm

1,378 still without power in downtown Salt Lake City after quake

Wednesday, 09:44pm

Red Cross offers resources to Utahns impacted by earthquake

Wednesday, 07:51pm

Gov. Herbert shares message of resilience as many Utahns feel ‘rattled’ by quake, virus

Wednesday, 07:34pm

90 aftershocks reported as of 4:30 p.m., experts report

Wednesday, 05:33pm

UTA trains on regular routes, with some delays expected while getting back on schedule

Wednesday, 04:33pm

Salt Lake County Emergency Coordination Center fully activated; call 911 for emergencies, 211 for questions

Wednesday, 04:16pm

State's historic artifacts survive earthquake, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts says

Wednesday, 04:13pm

UDOH COVID-19 testing lab reopens after earthquake shut it down

Wednesday, 03:55pm

Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake City declare emergencies due to earthquake

Wednesday, 03:34pm

Flights departing from Salt Lake International Airport again

Wednesday, 03:19pm

Authorities release more details on Kennecott hydrochloric acid spill

Wednesday, 02:48pm

Jolted awake: Magna declares emergency in wake of earthquake

Wednesday, 02:48pm

Number of Utahns without power due to earthquake down to about 6K

Wednesday, 02:20pm

Chemical spill at Kennecott facility contained with no risk to public, authorities say

Wednesday, 02:20pm

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson declares emergency due to earthquake

Wednesday, 02:20pm

Some courts closed due to earthquake

Wednesday, 01:23pm

Magnitude 4.6 aftershock strikes — largest since initial earthquake

Wednesday, 01:11pm

Magna declares state of emergency

Wednesday, 12:45pm

A 30-year look at Utah's earthquake history

Wednesday, 12:44pm

Most United States Postal Service offices reopened

Wednesday, 12:03pm

University of Utah Marriott Library open as a shelter facility for U. students, staff affected by earthquake

Wednesday, 12:02pm

Salt Lake County Mayor: Stay off roads, shelter-in-place if possible

Wednesday, 12:01pm

Vans being sent to TRAX stations to pick up stranded transit passengers

Wednesday, 11:59am

University of Utah canceling online classes due to earthquake

Wednesday, 11:56am

Utah Department of Health sets up temporary COVID-19 hotline

Wednesday, 11:53am

Nearly 40K still without power due to earthquake

Wednesday, 11:03am

Earthquakes cannot be predicted, authorities say

Wednesday, 11:02am

Utahns asked to limit travel and shelter-in-place if possible due to earthquake

Wednesday, 11:01am

4.4-magnitude shake classified as separate earthquake, not aftershock

Wednesday, 11:00am

Church: Salt Lake Temple sustains minor damage

Wednesday, 10:41am

Angel Moroni atop Salt Lake Temple damaged

Wednesday, 10:41am

Authorities advise Utahns to prepare for more earthquake aftershocks

Wednesday, 10:17am

Prepare for earthquake by putting on shoes, keeping flashlight near bed

Wednesday, 10:05am

Photos show significant damage in Magna home

Wednesday, 10:04am

Nearly 75K now without power in Utah

Wednesday, 09:47am

TRAX trains halting service, FrontRunner trains running at slower speeds

Wednesday, 09:43am

Unified Police Department headquarters closed due to earthquake

Wednesday, 09:27am

KSL TV off air but live on Facebook

Wednesday, 09:25am

Salt Lake City International Airport closed due to earthquake

Wednesday, 09:21am

Salt Lake City residents asked to stay away from downtown area

Wednesday, 09:08am

Utah Coronavirus Hotline currently down, governor says

Wednesday, 09:03am

Number without power in Utah up to 47K

Wednesday, 08:51am

Utah Department of Emergency Management advice on how to prepare for earthquakes

Wednesday, 08:47am

All TRAX trains delayed until further notice

Wednesday, 08:46am

Salt Lake City officials assessing damage, mayor says

Wednesday, 08:43am

Nearly 34K without power in Magna

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