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Historic Utah homes and churches damaged in earthquake aftershocks

Posted at 6:20 PM, Mar 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of the older homes in Salt Lake City began to crumble during the aftershocks of the earthquake.

Craig Walker owns a house on Westminster Ave that was originally built in 1892.

Walker has been fixing the old house up when Wednesday morning’s earthquake shook the house.

“It kind of shook me awake and the light fixtures were shaking,” said Walker.

Able to make it out of the house safe, Walker said they were moving things around when the aftershock hit around 1 pm.

“It kind of rolled and knocked me down, and I fell down the stairs,” said Walker.

The aftershock caused the old brick on the exterior of the house to crumble.

“We had a couple of engineers come by and say to stay out,” said Walker.

Wondering if the damages will ever be repairable, Walker said he’s grateful he didn’t lose anything more from the earthquake.

“We’re lucky to live in a great neighborhood and all of the neighbors have been coming by to check on us,” said Walker. “That’s all that really matters.”

A Latter-day Saint chapel down the street from Walker also sustained damage.

Neighbors said the chapel was under renovation at the time. The earthquake caused the old brick to fall from the top of the building down to the bottom.