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A 30-year look at Utah's earthquake history + photos of today's quake

By Josh Furlong, | Posted - Mar. 18, 2020 at 12:18 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday's 5.7 magnitude earthquake was the largest in Utah in the last 28 years.

Utah has been relatively quiet for significant earthquakes over the last 30 years, though the "big one" has loomed over Utahns' collective heads for as long as anyone can remember. Wednesday's earthquake was not the "big one," according to the University of Utah.

To put things in context it's important to look at the state's history. Earthquakes of large magnitudes in the state are rare; in fact, only two quakes over a 5.0 have shaken the state in the last 30 years — a 5.9 earthquake in the St. George area in 1992 and Wednesdays 5.7 earthquake near Magna.

Interact with the map below to see the various earthquakes in the last 30 years (none lower than a 2.5 magnitude). If you can't see the map below, click here. All data collected comes from the United States Geological Survey, which tracks earthquakes around the country.

Also, check out the gallery below of all the photos related to Wednesday's earthquake.


Josh Furlong

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