M5.7 Earthquake in Utah: Utah Just Experienced Its Largest Earthquake Since 1992 – Tremors Felt in Salt Lake City – More Than 15,000 Reports And Counting

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Utah just experienced its largest earthquake since 1992.

It was a 5.9 in St. George.

M5.7 earthquake rattles Utah on March 18 2020
M5.7 earthquake rattles Utah on March 18 2020. Earthquake Map via USGS

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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.

Some damage has been reported. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

All schools in the Weber School District have been closed on Wednesday as officials are assessing earthquake damage.

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.

I believe the today’s earthquake is just a reminder and a warning to let you know if you are ready for the next Big One in Utahs. More earthquake news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [USGS]

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  1. My predictions for March 8 2020 to April 4 2020 i said it documented in this strangesounds. 5.2 quake in Petrolia CA
    5.7-6.0 in Utah and 5,0 Alaska and 6,1 Indonesia . Strange sounds please write articles about this events more please.

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