Utah earthquake: Thousands left without power after quake hits amid coronavirus

It is the state's most powerful earthquake since 1992

Louise Hall
Wednesday 18 March 2020 18:15
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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Utah has knocked out power to tens of thousands of households amidst the coronavirus crisis.

According to CNN, the earthquake hit 10 miles north of Salt Lake City and is the state's most powerful quake since 1992.

More than 47,000 people in the area were without power after the quake, reports said.

The moderate earthquake comes as Utah, along with every other state in the US, struggles to grapple with the impact of the novel coronavirus in the country.

The virus has now been detected in all 50 US states.

"I know the last thing we need right now is an earthquake, but here we are, and it sounds like aftershocks are likely," Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said on Twitter.

"The city is assessing the situation now and I'll circle back with an update when I have it. Be safe," Mr Mendenhall said.

The governor has urged people to stay away from the capital's downtown area.

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