Salt Lake Temple sustains minor damage as 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Utah

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Utah on Wednesday morning, March 18. The epicenter was about four miles northeast of Magna, a city about 14 miles from Salt Lake City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Minor damage occurred to the Salt Lake Temple, which is undergoing renovation and a seismic upgrade. The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue on top of the temple fell, and some of the temple’s smaller spire stones were displaced, said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff in a statement.

The Angel Moroni statue on top of the Salt Lake temple fell during Wednesday morning's earthquake.
The Angel Moroni statue on top of the Salt Lake temple fell during Wednesday morning’s earthquake. Credit: KSL-TV

“No workers were injured,” Woodruff said. “Crews on the job site have been sent home for the day, and a full assessment is underway to determine needs going forward.

“This event emphasizes why this project is so necessary to preserve this historic building and create a safer environment for all our patrons and visitors.”

All Church headquarters facilities are closed until further notice to evaluate the safety of the buildings. No injuries have been reported to Church employees, Woodruff said.

Read more about the earthquake on Deseret.com.

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