These 6 Earthquakes Really Shook Up Utah Residents In The 20th Century

Residents in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley woke up around 7:10 a.m. on March 18, 2020 to their homes shaking and rattling. A 5.7 magnitude earthquake caused bricks to fall off the storefronts of historic buildings in downtown Salt Lake City, and schools in West Valley City and Magna (the earthquake’s epicenter) suffered millions of dollars of damages. Since that original earthquake, northern Utah has sustained more than 700 aftershocks, some as strong as 4.6 magnitude.

While these events are definitely unsettling, they’re not the first to hit Utah since the Mormon pioneers settled in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. During the 20th century, residents of the Beehive State dealt with several earthquakes.

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How are you coping with the continuing aftershocks of the March 18th earthquake? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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