Dozens Of West Valley Mobile Homes Destroyed, Severely Damaged By Earthquake

Mar 18, 2020, 9:14 PM | Updated: Jun 23, 2022, 11:38 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A terrifying morning for dozens of residents at a Salt Lake County mobile home park after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked the Wasatch Front, destroying or severely damaging 48 homes in the park.

The damage occurred to the Western Estates mobile homes located along 7200 West and about 2600 South.

“Fear and panic. It was shaking so bad, everything was just shifting,” said a very shocked Noel Johnson when speaking about what she felt just after 7 o’clock in the morning. “It felt like chaos — lights flickering, and it was just loud.”

Johnson’s home was damaged — from cracked walls, to fallen debris, to the foundation of her home being knocked off its platform — by the quake.

“I’m just fortunate everybody is okay,” she said.

KSL was recording video inside the home of Shauna Mangum, who was on oxygen because of earlier health problems, when an intense aftershock hit. The video showed the house swaying back and forth. Mangum said it brought back memories of earlier in the morning.

“It was so loud and I was screaming and my husband was holding me,” said Mangum. “It was horrible, absolutely horrible.”

Liliana Morales, a single mother of three kids, was at work and came home to find her entire kitchen in complete disarray. Food was everywhere and much of it completely destroyed because of broken glass and other debris.

“It’s hard it’s really hard, I work two jobs and try to do what I can to keep food for the kids,” she said tearfully. “It’s really hard.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Utah Task Force 1 Headquarters (KSL-TV)...
Jed Boal

Utah Task Force 1 gives insight into search & rescue efforts in Turkey

Two American search & rescue teams similar to Utah's Task Force 1 are heading off to Turkey to help the country recover from a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
2 days ago
Earthquake victims receive treatment at the al-Rahma Hospital in the town of Darkush, Idlib provinc...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah Turkish American Association finding ways to help after 7.8 earthquake

In Utah, Turkish Americans are desperately trying to get news from home, and one group is starting to think of how Utahns can help bring relief to their home country.
2 days ago
Panorama of Temple Sqare renovations...
Emily Ashcraft

Massive undertaking: 3 years of progress on 5-year Salt Lake Temple renovation

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square are now three years into construction on a five-year project with some of the areas scheduled to be completed this year. As a new year begins, a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update on the progress […]
14 days ago
A street in Benson Utah...
Mike Anderson

Cache Valley earthquakes are reminder about potential for Utah’s big one

The Cache Valley has seen more than a dozen earthquakes in just a few days. All of them centered around the west side of the county.
1 month ago
Onlookers stand on hardened lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure as lava erupts in Leilani Estates, ...
Rebekah Riess and Claire Colbert, CNN

Dozens of earthquakes detected as Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, world’s largest active volcano, remains in ‘state of heightened unrest’

Dozens of earthquakes detected as Hawaii's Mauna Loa, world's largest active volcano, remains in 'state of heightened unrest.
3 months ago
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Magnitude 2.5 micro earthquake felt across Salt Lake Valley

Seismologists said Friday's earthquake was another aftershock of the March 18, 2020, magnitude 5.7 quake.
8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Dozens Of West Valley Mobile Homes Destroyed, Severely Damaged By Earthquake