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What we learned from Tuesday's magnitude 4.2 aftershock

Earthquake, Emergency Management experts weigh-in
Posted at 7:17 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:12:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled northern Utah and surrounding areas Tuesday evening just before 9 p.m.

It was one of the more sizable aftershocks of more than a thousand that have occurred following the 5.7 quake that hit Magna on March 18.

Joe Dougherty with the Utah Division of Emergency Management joined Dan Evans and Kerri Cronk on Good Day Utah Wednesday morning to discuss this latest event.

They were later joined by Dr. Keith Koper with the University of Utah Seismograph Stations.

Both say it was not unexpected, is considered a light to moderate earthquake, and isn't expected to cause any damage.

Doughtery also said area residents need to recognize the risks of living in an earthquake prone area and do something about it.

That includes preparation and there is a lot of information about that on the state's earthquake website.

Everyone is also encouraged to take part in The Great Utah Shake Out, which takes place tomorrow, April 16.

Dougherty said knowing what to do when an earthquake hits and preparing for one in advance makes everyone safer and also gives them some peace of mind.