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Rumors of predicted larger quake are ‘not true,’ Division of Emergency Management tweets

Broken glass is cleaned up at the Maverik Base Camp building on 185 South State Street after an earthquake in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

A tweet from the Utah Division of Emergency Management says that rumors of an earthquake prediction in Utah are “not true.”

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook northern Utah earlier Wednesday. Rumors of an impending, larger quake began circulating on social media.

“We’re here to stop rumors,” reads a tweet from the Utah Emergency Management account. “People have been saying that officials are predicting an earthquake in the next 30 minutes. This is not true. Earthquakes cannot be predicted. We are 95% certain that this was the main shock.”