The epicenter was around Magna, Utah.
Salt Lake City-area residents got a rude awakening this morning around 7 a.m. in the form of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake.
"The March 18, 2020 M5.7 earthquake north of Magna, Utah (just west of Salt Lake City) occurred as the result of normal faulting in the shallow crust of the North America plate. The focal mechanism solution for the earthquake indicates slip occurred on a moderately dipping fault striking either to the northwest, or to the south-southeast," said the United States Geological Survey.
The quake was felt across Salt Lake County and as far away as the Wyoming border. The area is still dealing with less-intense aftershocks this morning. There is word that as many as 11 aftershocks were felt in the hour after the earthquake, and they are likely to continue throughout the day.
In the aftermath, approximately 55,000 people are without power, according to Rocky Mountain Power's Twitter account. There was some structural damage at the airport, and it has shut down and diverted flights coming in while it assesses the issues and checks its runways. The FAA tower is currently shut down, and the FAA has ordered a ground stop for all flights going out.
Downtown Salt Lake also took a pretty heavy hit. The Angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake Temple was affected, as part of it had fallen off during the shake.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking all residents and tourists to avoid the downtown area while the full extent of the damage is assessed.