5.7-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Wasatch Front, Causes Widespread Minor Damage

Mar 18, 2020, 7:33 AM | Updated: 10:40 am

Magna earthquake damage from 2020...

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Magna rocked the Wasatch Front on March 18, 2020. (KSL TV)


MAGNA, Utah – Preliminary reports from the University of Utah seismograph stations indicate a 5.7-magnitude earthquake along the Wasatch Front, with its epicenter in Magna.

The earthquake happened at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday, followed soon after by a smaller aftershock of 3.7 magnitude at 7:15 a.m. Officials said there have been up to 26 aftershocks have occurred, including a 4.4 magnitude quake around 8:02 a.m.

It’s possible the area could see a larger earthquake. Officials said the likelihood was low, but people should be aware and prepared in case the shaking of the area has not ended.

Officials said the quake was about 8 to 10 miles deep.

There have been no reports of fatalities. Information about any injuries was not available.

Rocky Mountain Power has reported an outage impacting around 74,000 customers at one time.

“We currently are assessing damages and will restore power as soon as possible,” officials tweeted.

The earthquake and power outage initially severely impacted KSL and the station’s ability to broadcast.

“Triad Center is evacuated. Power is out and we are on backup generators. Our crews are working to make sure the building is safe before allowing people back in. We are also working as quickly as possible to get our stations on local coverage,” said Tanya Vea, vice president and general manager.

KSL has since reentered the building, and continues to broadcast live updates. Watch on KSL TV or online at

Officials with the Unified Police Department said power has been knocked out at their headquarters, which will be closed until further notice. Anyone who needs non-emergency help from police should call 801-743-7000.

UTA has suspended all TRAX services until further notice until they can assess any damages to the tracks. All trains have pulled to the closest stations. It was unknown how many people were on the trains when operations were suspended.

Crews were also assessing damage to the FrontRunner lines, although officials said trains were still running at slower speeds.

Commuters who use TRAX and FrontRunner have been asked to expect significant delays.

The Salt Lake International Airport has been closed and was not operational, and the FAA has evacuated the operations tower. Terminals have also been evacuated.

The runway did not sustain any damage, but planes were not taking off or landing.

Airport spokesperson Nancy Vollmer said the earthquake caused a water break, resulting in some flooding.

Officials have asked the public not to come to the airport while they assess any damages. The road to the airport was closed after reports of debris, though officials have since said that people picking up passengers may do so.

There have been several reports of damages. Bricks fell from the front of Silver Crest Elementary School in Herriman, where teachers and staff were preparing for remote teaching and handing out Chromebooks to students.

“Our building front it damaged, but we are all safe,” school officials said in a message sent to parents.

Officials with FEMA have provided tips for residents to remain safe. They said you should text people to tell them you’re okay, instead of calling and overloading the cellular services.

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

KSL 5 TV Live


(KSL TV)...

Eliza Pace and Shara Park, KSL TV

Suspect hiding in Erda family’s home taken into police custody

A suspect running from police has forced his way into a family's home in Erda is now in police custody.

7 days ago

FILE: Salt Lake City police say one person was arrested early Saturday morning after attempting to ...

Mark Jones

Man in custody after attempting to flee the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident

Salt Lake City police say a 24-year-old man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after attempting to flee the scene of a auto-pedestrian accident.

16 days ago

A visitor takes in a view of the city's skyline under the snow-covered San Gabriel mountains after ...

Stefanie Dazio and Julie Watson, Associated Press

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake shakes greater Los Angeles. No reports of significant damage

An magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the Southern California coast near Malibu.

24 days ago


Ken Miller, The Associated Press

Oklahoma rattled by shallow 5.1 magnitude earthquake

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook an area near Oklahoma City late Friday, followed by smaller quakes during the next several hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

1 month ago

The University of Utah seismograph center keeping track of seismograph stations across Utah....

Lindsay Aerts

Utah is looking into getting an early warning system to help predict earthquakes

How much would it be worth to get notified of an earthquake 16 seconds before it happened? One lawmaker says 5 million dollars, but it's worth the cost.

1 month ago

Utah National Guard troops training in Morocco. (Utah National Guard)...

Brianna Chavez

Utah National Guard in Morocco for training exercise, ‘ready’ to assist Moroccan allies

Utah National Guards are in Morocco and ready "to respond if needed" after a deadly earthquake that took place late Friday, according to ranking officials. 

6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

5.7-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Wasatch Front, Causes Widespread Minor Damage