(ETH) – According to the USGS, A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has just struck Magna, Utah. This is a developing story and we will bring you more as we get further information. The quake reportedly shook homes from Logan all the way down to Utah County,
becoming the state’s largest earthquake since 1992. There have not been any confirmed reports of damage or injuries from this quake. and twelve aftershocks have continued with the strongest registering a Magnitude. 3.9.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Magna at 7:09 a.m., shaking homes from Logan down to Utah County. It was the state’s largest since a 1992 earthquake in St. George. The last Salt Lake County earthquake of at least a magnitude 5 was in 1962.
• There have been no reports of anyone seriously injured. Intermountain Healthcare treated some for minor injuries.
• Rumors of a big earthquake coming are untrue, a forecast of potential aftershocks is included below.
• The earthquake has caused damage to downtown buildings and even the Salt Lake Temple, where the Angel Moroni statue lost its trumpet.
• There are power outages, gas leaks and a chemical spill at Kennecott.
• The Salt Lake City International Airport reopened to general aviation and cargo flights, but all passenger flights have been grounded.
• West Valley City is reporting that 48 mobile homes were shifted off of their foundations, displacing residents. A Red Cross evacuation center has opened at Valley Junior High School, 4295 3200 West.
“All things considered, we’ve been very fortunate,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said.
The epicenter of the earthquake was northeast of Magna, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dozens of aftershocks followed, with the strongest being a magnitude 4.6. It’s likely there will be hundreds of aftershocks in the days to come, Keith Koper, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and they could last for weeks.
“As we go forward, we expect we’re going to continue to have some of these aftershocks like we’ve been seeing,” he said at a news conference.
He called it a moderate size earthquake, one that hits the state roughly every 10 years. Such temblors are capable of causing “considerable” damage.
Chances of another big quake
Rumors spread fast that a major earthquake would hit soon. That is not true.
The Utah Emergency Management posted on Twitter, “There are rumors out there that earthquakes can be predicted. They cannot be predicted, however, we expect that the earthquake we felt today was the largest one of the sequence. That is true in 95% of earthquakes.”
Koper said his team is not predicting any large earthquake.
The U.S. Geological Survey issued an aftershock forecast. It says a magnitude 7 is a 1 in 300 chance, while a 6 is a 3% likelihood. A magnitude 5 or higher is a 17% chance.
The state blasted out a public safety alert at 9:20 a.m. that said damage assessments are ongoing. It urged the public to shelter in place if possible.
Rocky Mountain Power is reporting outages for about 49,500 customers in locations from Salt Lake City and West Valley City to Magna and Station Park in Tooele County. Salt Lake County reported some gas leaks.
Beyond power outages, some reported damages to their homes and businesses as pictures fell off walls, dishes out of cupboards and products off of the shelves. Some buildings shed bricks, including near the downtown mission that serves Utahns who are homeless. The building next to the mission is a construction site that appears to have been damaged.