Sparks Fly and Trucks Sway as Earthquake Rocks Salt Lake City Construction Site

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, March 18, leaving buildings damaged and knocking power out for some in the area, 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.

This video shows the earthquake’s impact at a Whitaker Construction site in Salt Lake City. The video — provided by Whitaker Construction Project Superintendent Tony Siaperas — shows trucks swaying as the earthquake strikes. Other video from the construction site shows power lines sparking following the tremor.

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.

The earthquake also prompted evacuations and the temporary closure of the Salt Lake City International Airport after it was damaged on Wednesday. Credit: Tony Siaperas/Whitaker Construction via Storyful