Earthquake Updates

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The County has provided the following information for people to provide their own damage assessment information from the earthquake last week:

Damage Assessment Form

If you need to contact our Building Department, call (801)568-7251.


Sandy City Earthquake Updates (3-18-2020)

Note: Essential city services are still in operation

This morning’s earthquake is the largest since 1992. It is typical that there will be quite a few aftershocks. City employees are continuing to take the COVID-19 precautions. City offices are closing today at the direction of Salt Lake County’s public alert to shelter in place. We encourage residents to be safe, prepared, and beware of fake news and rumors. Please use Be Ready Utah’s resources:


Here are today’s updates:

Salt Lake County: 

Public Safety Alert: Salt Lake Valley experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake with multiple aftershocks. This is an evolving situation; multiple agencies are coordinating the response. Damage Assessments are currently being performed by public safety agencies valley-wide. All areas of possible impact currently being monitored. Please stay alert, if possible, shelter in place and limit travel. Please monitor television for updates.

  • Governor Herbert: Please stay away from the downtown area while crews assess damage. Unless you work in public safety, or are an essential employee, remain at home or telework.

  • All non-essential county facilities, including the Government Center are closed today due to the earthquake.

Public Utilities:

The Sandy water team has inspected and confirmed that none of our water tanks and pump facilities sustained any damage, and all are safe. All Sandy fluoride systems remain isolated and disconnected from our system. Your water is safe. All of Sandy's steel water tanks have been rebuilt with reinforced concrete to modern earthquake seismic standards, the last completed in 2019 at Flat Iron Mesa Park. We monitor our system 24/7 and had staff onsite inspecting within minutes of the earthquake.

SANDY’S WHOLESALE WATER SUPPLIER, “METRO”, HAS CONFIRMED WATER SUPPLY SAFE AND INTACT.  Sandy and Salt Lake City purchase treated water from METRO. Sandy City has received confirmation that their water facilities have also undergone inspection and are intact. These inspections included the Deer Creek Dam facilities. Many years of planning and reinforcing water systems to be able to withstand an earthquake are paying off. The Sandy water system is currently in good shape. Increased monitoring remains in place.

Canyons School District:

Canyons District families: As a result of the earthquake this morning, Canyon School District is suspending the grab-and-go lunches for today. At this moment, they cannot guarantee the safety of employees who would be preparing the sack lunches in their buildings. Canyons District custodians and Facilities Management crews will be examining the schools and other Canyons District buildings throughout the day to make sure they are safe for employees and the public. They will communicate more information about tomorrow’s meal services when it becomes available. If you have questions, please go to the District’s website,, or to the District’s social media pages for the most recent information. You also can send an email message to and a representative will be ready to help you.

Community Development:

Building inspectors are inspecting building structures throughout the city. 

Parks & Recreation:

Facilities, water lines, gas lines and power have been inspected.

Public Works:

Bulk waste collection will be on hold for today only at the advice of Salt Lake County.



Damage to personal property should be reported to your insurance company. Water or gas line breaks, please call 911. Call Rocky Mountain Power for damage to power lines.