It was the biggest earthquake in Utah since 1992.

By Bryan Pietsch /
Updated July 14, 2020
A worker sets up barriers as a Delta plane sits idle at the Salt Lake International Airport after it was closed due to an earthquake on March 18, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Flights set to take off from Salt Lake City International Airport were grounded on Wednesday after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration evacuated the airport's flight control tower because of the earthquake. All arriving flights to Salt Lake City are being directed to other airports, the FAA said in a statement.

The groundings have the potential to impact flights around the country, as Salt Lake City's airport serves as a major hub for Delta Air Lines.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake was the largest to hit Utah since a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the state in 1992, the University of Utah said. Dozens of aftershocks were felt in the area following the earthquake.

The airport and the Salt Lake Temple were damaged, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.