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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Salt Lake City

18 Mar 2020, 11:39 am

A strong, 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Salt Lake City, Utah area early Wednesday morning. The epicenter was just west of Salt Lake City near West Valley City, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Video credit: Dave Noreiga via Twitter

Most of the preliminary reports have been for light to moderate shaking near the center of the earthquake, while many people said they felt at least some very light shaking throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

There were pictures on social media of newly-formed cracks in roads and some buildings. The United States Geological Survey does not expect any landslides from this event. The earthquake struck at a depth of about 10.6 kilometers, or roughly 6.5 miles deep.

Picture credits: (top) Mrs_Cha24 (bottom) Cody Ramos

Several aftershocks were reported in the area during the day on Wednesday. Noted seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones warned residents in the area to be ready for more earthquakes due to aftershocks.

We will provide continued updates as they become available.

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