Salt Lake City Airport, a hub for Delta, reopening after earthquake

Mar 18, 2020

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Salt Lake City International Airport is set to reopen after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck west of the city Wednesday morning caused the airfield to close for about four hours.

On its website, the airport said that it was closed earlier in the day following the quake. Cargo and general aviation flights were able to resume a few hours ahead of commercial passenger operations.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reported the quake caused damage to the airport and buildings in the city’s downtown, including the Salt Lake Temple. According to the paper, the Angel Moroni statue there lost its trumpet as a result.

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The airport is a large hub for Delta Air Lines, though the carrier has not yet issued a waiver for flights there.

As of 3:55 p.m. ET, 179 departures and 179 arrivals had been canceled, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.com.

The U.S. Geological Survey announced the quake — which occurred at 7:09 a.m. local time — and is asking for witness reports.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with as the airport prepares to resume regular operations.

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