Earthquake Damage Forces Evacuation, Closure of Salt Lake City Airport

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rattled Salt Lake City, Utah, prompting evacuations and the closure of the city’s international airport on Wednesday, March 18, according to local media.

Wednesday’s earthquake was the largest to hit Salt Lake City since 1992, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The earthquake was followed by “dozens” of aftershocks, including one that registered as a magnitude 4.4, according to reports.

The United States Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was 4.4 miles north-northeast of Magna, Utah, a metro township of Salt Lake City.

This video, filmed by Janet Bragg, shows water pouring from the ceiling and flooding the Salt Lake City International Airport. Additional footage from Bragg shows people gathering outside of the airport following the tremor.

The airport said on Twitter that the facility was “not currently operational,” adding that the Federal Aviation Administration tower, terminals, and concourses were evacuated. Credit: Janet Bragg via Storyful