Utah just experienced its largest earthquake since 1992.
It was a 5.9 in St. George.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake just rattled parts of Utah, including Salt Lake City and areas across Salt Lake County and Utah County.
The quake was reported shortly after 7 a.m. local time. At least 14 aftershocks were felt within 20 minutes of the original quake.
More than 15,000 people reported feeling the quake on the USGS Homepage.
According to Utah Emergency Management, this was the largest earthquake in Utah since 1992 when a 5.9 earthquake hit St. George.
“It didn’t feel like a small earthquake at all. I heard things in my kitchen falling,” said Michael McCarlie, who is in an apartment at City Creek Landing in Salt Lake City.
Social media users said they felt the shock from Lehi, Bountiful, Herriman, Eagle Mountain, Park City and Salt Lake City, among others.
Some residents have lost power, according to Utah Emergency Management.
We are receiving earthquake reports from Logan to Riverton. The strongest shaking seems to have been felt around Salt Lake County.— Utah Emergency Mgmt (@UtahEmergency) March 18, 2020
The power has been knocked out in some areas. #utquake
Some damage has been reported. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
An elementary school in Herriman from the earthquake. pic.twitter.com/s8Rwe6sidW— They So POO POO (@PapaSmurfUTE) March 18, 2020
All schools in the Weber School District have been closed on Wednesday as officials are assessing earthquake damage.
All schools closed, assessing earthquake damage. Lunch is canceled today.— WSD Notifications (@WSDNotification) March 18, 2020
Lunch has also been canceled.
Earthquakes in Utah
Utah experiences about 700 to 800 earthquakes a year. While most aren’t big enough to feel, the possibility of a large one looms. Was this M5.7 earthquake the Big One?
According to geologists, a large-scale quake is 50 percent likely to happen in the next half-century.
This is because the Wasatch Front sees a damaging earthquake every 350 years, and it’s been around 350 years since the last one shook the area.
“Worst case scenario for Utah… would be a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that happens along the Wasatch Front,” he said.