Gov. Herbert Declares State Of Emergency After 5.7 Earthquake
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency to help Utah communities recover from Wednesday’s 5.7-magnitude earthquake.
Since Wednesday’s mainshock, over 200 aftershocks have been felt along the Wasatch Front.
The governor’s declaration will speed up the flow of federal and local dollars to help the hardest-hit areas recover.
“I’m tremendously proud of how first responders and officials on the city, county and state levels worked together to respond to Wednesday’s earthquake,” Herbert said.
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The earthquake’s epicenter was near Magna. Buildings along the Wasatch Front saw some sort of damage. By far, the worst was at a West Valley City mobile home park, where the Red Cross has opened a disaster shelter for displaced people.
Up to 50 homes at the park were damaged and many were knocked off their foundations.
The Utah National Guard, Utah Department of Transportation and other agencies have responded in the areas affected by the quake.
“We are grateful that we had no major injuries and no fatalities as a result of this quake, but now we need to focus on helping our communities repair damages,” Herbert said.
The declaration said the state of emergency will allow the to state request and receive mutual aid assistance from other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
“This declaration will help in that effort by expediting the use of state resources, as well as federal resources, should they be needed,” Herbert said.
I've declared a State of Emergency to support repair efforts following the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck on Wednesday, March 18. You can view it here. pic.twitter.com/iIMewVXQ7J
— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) March 21, 2020
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