5.7 Magnitude EarthQuake Rocks Utah & Salt Lake City

A strong earthquake shook the Salt Lake City area Wednesday morning, leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power and startling many residents who were still asleep in their beds.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

73,000 homes without power at last count according to authorities on the ground.

Aftershocks are expected to continue throughout the day.

Salt Lake City International Airport was evacuated and remained closed as of about 11 a.m. EST.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the quake a preliminary rating of 5.7 magnitude and estimated that 2.8 million people likely felt the shaking shortly after 7 a.m. local time.

Weak to very strong shaking was reported in areas including Logan and Provo, according to the USGS shake map, which relies on first-person accounts. Most of the reports of stronger shaking came from closer to the city. The quake was centered near Magna, Utah, about 10 miles west of Salt Lake City, at a depth of about 6 miles, according to the USGS.

You can read more from our friends at The Weather Channel.

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