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Stone removal to begin on historic Salt Lake Temple

The Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands with its trumpet missing after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A number of stones on the historic Salt Lake Temple are about to be removed after they were displaced during the recent 5.7 earthquake that shook much of northern Utah.

Renovations had been taking place to upgrade the temple’s ability to withstand just such seismic events.

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Courtesy: Church Newsroom

Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff says that there will be a crane installed on the south side of the temple that will begin work on removing the stones shortly.

In addition to the displaced stones that will be removed, Woodruff says that the damaged angel Moroni that sits atop the east spire will also be removed.

Similar plans were in place to remove some of the stones as part of the church’s process of installing base isolators and restoring the 127-year-old building’s interior.

The Salt Lake Temple has been closed since December 29, 2019.

Earthquake preparedness

Utah is “Earthquake Country,” meaning the state is susceptible to earthquakes, especially along the Wasatch Front. It’s important to prepare yourself and your family for an earthquake. Here are some basic tips on earthquake preparedness:

Before an Earthquake

  • Move or secure objects that could fall and hurt you
  • Identify your building’s potential weaknesses and begin to fix them
  • Create a disaster-preparedness plan and have disaster supply kits ready

During an Earthquake

  • Seek cover under sturdy furniture or doorways. As things move, hold on, and move with it.
  • Move away from windows and objects that could fall
  • Move against a wall in the interior of the building, cover and protect yourself