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18 Mar 2020 | 12:28 PM UTC

US: Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) closes following 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Utah state March 18 /update 1

Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) closes following 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Utah state March 18; confirm flight reservations

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Event

Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) in Utah state was closed after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit the area at approximately 07:00 (local time) on Wednesday, March 18. SLC's air traffic control tower, terminals, and concourses were evacuated, and flight operations remain suspended as of 11:16 on Wednesday. Officials have reopened the road to the airport to allow for passenger pickup.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, around 70,000 people lost power as a result of the quake. Several buildings in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas were evacuated in the immediate aftermath; however, no serious damage or injuries have been reported. Several aftershocks have been recorded.

Further aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation and confirm flight reservations.

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for potential aftershocks, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.