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4.2 aftershock rattles nerves across Salt Lake Valley Tuesday night

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SALT LAKE CITY — An aftershock with an initial 4.2 magnitude rattled nerves along the Wasatch Front Tuesday night, just short of a month after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake caused millions in damage.

Tuesday night’s earthquake was centered four kilometers northeast of Magna, the same area impacted most by the initial quake March 18, 2020, and the hundreds of aftershocks that have followed.

The 4.2 magnitude aftershock was the strongest aftershock in more than a week. Seismologists at the University of Utah say we continue to experience aftershocks related to the March 18 event, though most have been too small for residents to feel in recent days.

Did you feel it? You can report your experience here

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