magna-earthquake

Photo courtesy Utah Geological Survey

MAGNA, Utah — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the availability of federal funding for those affected by an earthquake between March 18 until April 17, 2020, the State of Utah and FEMA recently announced after a Major Disaster Declaration for Utah was approved by President Donal J. Trump earlier this month.

At approximately 7:09 a.m., on March 18, 2020, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake with an epicenter north of Magna, Utah, shook portions of northern Utah.

"More than 2,200 aftershocks have occurred since the initial M5.7 earthquake. Additional aftershocks are expected to occur but with decreasing frequency over time," according to the Utah Geological Survey. "Utah experienced occasional spikes of felt aftershocks of M4 or M3 for weeks afterward."

The felt aftershocks include six in the magnitude 4 range, 34 in the magnitude 3 range, and 146 in the magnitude 2 range.

"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," read a statement from FEMA. "Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide."

"Kenneth G. Clark has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area," continued the statement. "Clark said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments."

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for assistance online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice, according to FEMA.

For information on earthquake preparedness, see information from Be Ready Utah at https://www.utah.gov/beready/family/earthquake.html

For additional information from FEMA, click here.