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Earthquake rattles downtown Salt Lake

Posted at 10:13 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 00:13:22-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Older brick buildings sustained minor damage during Wednesday morning's 5.7 magnitude earthquake.

Historic parts of downtown Salt Lake City continued to rattle for hours after the first big quake.

“Stuff was shaking and I could hear some things hitting the floor,” Tobin Waine said.

The seismic energy broke off large pieces of buildings. Around the corner, large windows broke on 300 South. Entire blocks were taped off as cleanup continues amid dozens of aftershocks.

Out front of Warehouse Condominiums, bricks collapsed onto the sidewalk.

“It’s like the structural integrity of the building. To see that fall, I was nervous. I said ‘we should just leave,’” Baely Pierce said.

Inside, at least one pipe burst. Waine and Pierce plan to leave early to attend a wedding in Moab this weekend.

“We have picture frames, I have my laundry. We got a lot of stuff,” Pierce said.

Because of COVID-19, very few people were downtown walking at the time of the quake and did not get hurt by falling debris.