3 Church Facilities and 12 Meetinghouses Damaged in 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake

Contributed By Sydney Walker, Church News reporter

  • 20 March 2020

Meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo by Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Several Salt Lake City facilities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appear to have sustained structural damage during Wednesday’s 5.7 magnitude earthquake, the Church reported in an updated statement on Thursday evening, March 19.

The Humanitarian Center, Deseret Manufacturing facility, and Beehive Clothing manufacturing plant each appear to have structural damage, which is currently being assessed. The Beehive Clothing manufacturing plant also sustained interior damage. These buildings, located on Salt Lake City’s west side, will remain closed until further notice.

“Additionally, 12 meetinghouses likewise appear to have sustained structural damage and will require further assessment,” said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. “Most of these meetinghouses are located in the Magna area.”

The earthquake caused minor damage to the Salt Lake Temple, including the trumpet falling from the Angel Moroni statue and displacement of some smaller spire stones.

No structural damage to buildings on Temple Square or at Church headquarters has been reported. Buildings at headquarters have reopened but remain closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns.