JACKSON, Wyo. — A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Magna, Utah area this morning, causing widespread minor damage and possibly structural damage to buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Buildings were evacuated and nearby Salt Lake City International Airport was shut down this morning for all flights in or out after the quake struck at 7:09 a.m. Several aftershocks have been reported in the hours since—ranging from mid-2’s to mid-4’s on the Richter Scale.
The earthquake also knocked out Utah’s coronavirus hotline.
The initial earthquake lasted well over a half-minute, according to reports on the U.S. Geological Survey website. Tremors were felt as far away as Jackson and Dubois in Wyoming. Several Sublette County residents, including a few in Pinedale, tweeted they felt bumps.
The earthquake is the largest to hit Utah since 1992. KSL.com reports several buildings show damage and the trumpet was knocked out of the hand of Angel Moroni atop the famous Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Salt Lake City.