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No, FEMA isn’t asking Utah residents to evacuate

The Utah Division of Emergency Management just shot down another rumor

A shopper, who requested her name not be used, loads the trunk of her car with groceries for two households in the Costco parking lot in Murray on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Many shoppers were stocking up on items as the coronavirus spreads.
A shopper, who requested her name not be used, loads the trunk of her car with groceries for two households in the Costco parking lot in Murray on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Many shoppers were stocking up on items as the coronavirus spreads.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

The Utah Division of Emergency Management shot down another rumor that suggested officials, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was asking Utahns to evacuate.

Myth: Officials (FEMA) are telling people to evacuate

Fact: They are not. This was a strong earthquake, but see actual sources above. We expect to see some damage, but we will get through this

RUMORS THAT NEED TO GO AWAY: Myth: Officials are predicting a larger earthquake in the next 30 minutes. Fact:...

Posted by Utah Division of Emergency Management on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

More rumors

The announcement came after the Utah Division of Emergency Management said rumors of an earthquake predictions were “not true,” according to the Deseret News.

  • “We’re here to stop rumors. 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.”