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Utah Division of Emergency Management offers preparedness tips after Wednesday's 5.7 earthquake

Utah 5.7 Earthquake
Posted at 1:54 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 15:54:38-04

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the Salt Lake Valley area Wednesday morning, followed by dozens of aftershocks.

The Utah Division of Emergency Management has stated it is 95% positive there will be no other quakes with a higher magnitude of the initial 5.7.

However, The Division of Emergency Management does recommend doing a “home hazard hunt”, looking around your home for items that could fall on you in an aftershock and securing furniture to walls. It also recommends the following in preparing for earthquakes:

  • Follow @BeReadyUtah on twitter
  • Start keeping a flashlight and shoes by your bed
  • Finally start making those earthquake preparedness plans
  • Plan to strap your water heater to the studs
  • During an earthquake, drop, take cover and hold on; doorways provide no extra protection

This was the largest earthquake in Utah 1992's magnitude 5.9 earthquake in St. George.