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Earthquake caused structural damage to three important Latter-day Saint buildings, 12 meetinghouses

A Deseret Manufacturing worker stacks mattresses in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
A Deseret Manufacturing worker stacks mattresses in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Several Latter-day Saint buildings, including a dozen meetinghouses, were damaged by Wednesday’s earthquake in Utah, but no buildings on Temple Square suffered any structural damage, a church spokesman said in a statement on Thursday evening.

Structural damage did strike the Humanitarian Center and Deseret Manufacturing facility owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spokesman Daniel Woodruff said.

“The Beehive Clothing manufacturing plant also sustained some damage to the interior of the building,” he said. “All those facilities remain closed until further notice.”

The 12 meetinghouses that sustained structural damage are located in the Magna area.

The church has contractors, consultants and church headquarters staff conducting additional assessments on the closed buildings and damaged meetinghouses.

They conducted assessments of the buildings on Temple Square and those to the north of it, including all church headquarters buildings, over the 36 hours following Wednesday’s earthquake.

Most of the buildings were evacuated during and after the earthquake, but all buildings at church headquarters have reopened to church workers and staff. They have been closed to the public for a week due to the spread of COVID-19.

As was widely reported on Wednesday, the trumpet fell off the Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple during the earthquake, and some of the temple’s smaller spire stones experienced “minor displacement.”

The temple is undergoing a four-year seismic upgrade project that began in January. No one was injured on Wednesday, but work ceased while a full assessment is conducted.