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Gov. Herbert Declares State Of Emergency After 5.7 Earthquake

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Magna rocked the Wasatch Front on Wednesday.

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.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at

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