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Utah experiences magnitude 3.9 aftershock Sunday

Magna official says he didn’t see new damage on quick tour of town

Another major aftershock was centered in Magna.
Another major aftershock was centered in Magna.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah experienced another strong aftershock Sunday night, just days after a 5.7 magnitude quake shook the Wasatch Front.

A magnitude 3.9 aftershock was centered in Magna, about 9 miles west of Salt Lake City at about 7:17 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was initially listed as 4.1 and then 4.0 before being downgraded again.

The aftershock was one of 22 over 2.5 magnitude in the region since the original earthquake Wednesday morning, according to the geological survey.

“Here we are on day five and we’re still feeling the rattle,” Greg Schulz, Magna town administrator, said Sunday night. But the most recent didn’t amount to a “sustained rattle,” he said.

When he drove through the town to evaluate damage afterward, Schulz said he didn’t see any new apparent damage.

Wednesday’s earthquake displaced 150 residents, business owners and employees from their buildings in Magna, and damaged mobile homes in a community in West Valley City. It also left piles of bricks scattered on the sidewalk of Magna’s Main Street, and damaged buildings in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District had received 192 reports from residents and business owners about damage sustained by their buildings, Schulz said. But some of those reports had come from cities like West Valley City, West Jordan and Bountiful, which are out of the district’s jurisdiction.

Officials are still assessing the damage.

The Red Cross said Sunday it has provided more than 500 meals and 115 overnight stays to those displaced or affected by the earthquake.

Trish Hull, Magna’s mayor pro tem, said Saturday things were “still kind of scary” for residents with the aftershocks continuing.

The Utah Division of Emergency Management says the aftershocks could last “for a week or more.”

“We expect to have a number of magnitude 4 aftershocks. Overall, there have been very few of these. Most are (magnitude 3s) or less,” the division tweeted after the incident.

“These aftershocks don’t mean they are getting bigger, just that we will have some (magnitude 4s) in the mix,” the department said.