5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Utah; power outages reported in Salt Lake City

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Utah; power outages reported in Salt Lake City
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Utah; power outages reported in Salt Lake City  

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Utah on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, knocking out power and rattling residents already shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic.

About 55,000 people lost electricity in the Salt Lake City Area, utility Rocky Mountain Power said.

Some people ran from their homes and into the streets as dishes fell from shelves and pictures from walls. Operations at Salt Lake City International Airport stopped, and the control tower and concourses were evacuated, the airport tweeted. The quake also shut down the light rail service for Salt Lake City and its suburbs.

People in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada reported feeling the quake. Gov. Gary Herbert warned people to stay away from downtown Salt Lake City while crews checked for possible damage.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to the Weather Channel.

The quake's epicenter was located northeast of Magna, Utah, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit a little after 7 a.m. local time. An estimated 2.76 million people likely felt the quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Most residents felt their homes shaking for 10 to 15 seconds.

New father Ryan Jensen, whose baby was born Wednesday morning at Altaview Hospital in West Jordan, Utah, told USA TODAY via text that the "hospital was rocking. Man oh man as if being in born in a pandemic wasn't enough, man that was nerve rattling."

Janis Ferre of Salt Lake City wrote on Facebook: "It sounded as though our house was stretching," the Salt Lake City Tribune reported.

Added Holladay resident John E. Henderson: "It felt like somebody picked up my house and dropped it," the Tribune said.

It was the largest earthquake in Utah since 1992, Utah Emergency Management said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that in general, magnitude 5 or larger earthquakes occur at an average rate of about one every 10 years in this area.

Magnitude 6 or larger earthquakes occur about every 50 years in this area.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Utah earthquake: 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Utah


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