Taylorsville appears to sustain little damage
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake centered in nearby Magna shook the Taylorsville community on March 18 but from initial checks, Taylorsville appears to have sustained little to no damage, according to city officials.
"We are still assessing bridges, buildings and other infrastructure to ensure all is fine," Mayor Kristie Overson said following the quake. "But so far, everything here seems to be OK."
Residents definitely felt the earthquake that rattled the Salt Lake Valley at 7:09 a.m. It was the largest earthquake to hit Utah in 28 years.
The Utah Transit Authority halted TRAX trains immediately following the earthquake, and city officials across the valley were assessing damage.
Taylorsville City Offices were closed in the afternoon at the direction of Salt Lake County's public alert to shelter in place. City staff continued to respond to pressing matters via email, and phone messages will be returned as soon as possible.
City staff also were continuing to evaluate the streets, utilities, buildings, bridges and waterways and other public improvements throughout the day. Home and business owners will need to work directly with private industry and insurance providers to address any damage. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
Salt Lake County issued an emergency declaration, which allows the activation of additional resources toward managing the situation. In addition, Taylorsville High School was set up as a shelter for those displaced by the quake. Reporting has shown minor damage. There have been no fatalities and only minor injuries.
Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District also reported: "After the seismic activity event this morning, we have checked our critical infrastructure and we are happy to report that we have not observed any significant damage.
"We don’t anticipate any service interruptions for your water or wastewater service. We have had a small number of calls reporting discolored water. We have responded and resolved some of those calls and are currently responding to others."
The improvement district asked that customers call service staff at 801-968-9081 to report any problems and/or damage.
This earthquake is the largest in Utah since 1992. It is typical that there will be quite a few aftershocks. One aftershock at 1:11 p.m. registered 4.6 in magnitude, and as of 1:20 p.m., 59 aftershocks had been recorded. Of course, city employees and residents alike are continuing to take COVID-19 precautions, as well. City leaders are encouraging residents to be safe, prepared, and beware of fake news and rumors.
Taylorsville City Emergency Services Coordinator Donny Gasu offered some reminders about earthquake safety.
"First, stay calm," he said. "If you are indoors during an earthquake, stay inside, crouch under a desk or table, move away from any windows or other glass divider or brick walls where falling debris could harm you. Do not use the elevators. If you need to evacuate the building, do so calmly and get others to do so as well. Do not re-enter the building unless you are notified to do so.
"If you are outside, stay away from buildings, parking structures, trees, telephone and electric lines. If you are on the road, drive away from underpasses/overpasses; stop safely in an area and stay in your vehicle for at least three minutes."