Salt Lake City airport evacuates, halts operations following magnitude 5.7 earthquake

Salt Lake City International Airport was evacuated on Wednesday morning following a magnitude 5.7 earthquake near the state’s capital.

The earthquake, which is said to have struck at 7:09 a.m. local time, was said to be Utah’s largest earthquake since 1992, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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Operations at the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) were temporarily halted shortly after the earthquake, with travelers on Twitter sharing footage and photos of damage to the facility.

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SLC’s official Twitter account later confirmed that the road leading to the airport had been closed, and urged passengers to “please do not come out to the airport.”

A representative for SLC was not immediately available to confirm when operations were expected to resume.

Salt Lake City International Airport was evacuated on Wednesday morning following a magnitude 5.7 earthquake near the state’s capital.

Salt Lake City International Airport was evacuated on Wednesday morning following a magnitude 5.7 earthquake near the state’s capital. (TJ Patton/Twitter)

Elsewhere in the state, Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty confirmed to the Associated Press that there were no initial reports of injuries or major damage to buildings.

A map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of the quake, located around the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna.

A map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of the quake, located around the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna. (U.S. Geological Survey)

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