(.) – A magnitude 5.7 quake shook the Salt Lake City, Utah area this Wednesday morning, causing a power outage that left tens of thousands without power.
Following the situation, the governor urged people to stay away from the center of the capital.
The epicenter of the quake was located some 10 miles west of Salt Lake City and very close to the city of Magna, around 7:09 am local, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake occurs as Utah residents, like people around the world, are adjusting to the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, including the cancellation of schools and the limitation of mass gatherings.
“I know the last thing we need right now is an earthquake, but here we are, and it seems like aftershocks are likely,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said on Twitter.
“The city is evaluating the situation now and I will give an update when I have it. Stay safe, “said Mendenhall.
This is the most powerful earthquake to occur in the state since 1992, when a 5.9 magnitude tremor struck the St. George area, the Utah Division of Emergency Management said.
“Stay away from downtown while crews assess damage,” Governor Gary Herbert said on Twitter. “Unless you work in public safety, or are essential employees, stay at home or telecommute.”
More than 47,000 customers in the area were without power after the quake, the Rocky Mountain Power website reported.
According to the USGS, at least six aftershocks were recorded within 20 minutes of the main telluric event.
In general, in Utah, earthquakes larger than magnitude 5 occur once every 10 years, and major earthquakes 6 occur once every 50 years, says the USGS.
That statement takes into account instrumentation records dating from 1962 and historical records dating from the 1850s, says the USGS.
Dave Hennen and Judson Jones of . contributed to this report.