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Earthquake damages at least 30 mobile homes in West Valley City

Posted at 8:21 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 22:21:13-04

WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley City is recovering after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was reported in Magna, Utah.

The most significant damage comes at the Western Estates mobile home park near 7200 W 2700 S in West Valley City.

Between 30 and 50 people have been displaced, a spokesperson for the city said.

“It felt like the ground actually dropped out from underneath me and there was a big boom,” Antonio Tunno said. Tunno and his wife showed FOX 13 around their damaged home. The couple considers themselves lucky since they had less damage than others.

“It threw me up in the air and my wife grabbed me and screamed and I could do was put her under me and wait for everything to stop,” he said.

All the neighbors who spoke to FOX 13 said they are thankful that everyone is coming together.

A shelter has been set up at Taylorsville High School for anyone displaced during the earthquake. Volunteers said the place was disinfected, and people must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before being allowed inside. Anyone with symptoms is offered a different place to stay, Dave Bresnahan with the Medical Reserve Core said. Everyone inside is practicing social distancing, staying 6 feet apart.