Utah Residents Still Reporting Damage Days After Earthquake

March 25, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Five days after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook parts of Utah, residents continue to report damage.

The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District asked those within its boundaries to submit online notices of home or business damage from the March 18 earthquake, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The municipal services district includes Magna, Kearns, Copperton, White City, and the unincorporated parts of Salt Lake County.

About 100 people were driven from buildings and homes by damage near the epicenter in Magna, a suburb between the airport and Great Salt Lake west of the capital city. Tens of thousands more lost power after the state’s largest earthquake in nearly three decades.

An online dashboard for damage reports in the municipal services district had 219 entries as of noon Monday, including reports from residents outside the district.

Aftershocks may have caused additional damage, district Communications Manager Maridene Alexander said.

Alexander asked residents to inspect buildings for cracks in masonry, foundations, drywall, and piping.

Building owners should be especially concerned about loose bricks in chimneys and determining if they have working carbon monoxide detectors, Alexander said.

About the photo: Emily Kleber, a hazards geologist for the Utah Geological Survey, documents the extensive cracks that formed along the road to the Great Salt Lake Marina on Thursday, March 19, 2020, near Magna, Utah, following Wednesday’s earthquake.(Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

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