Utah's Salt Lake City earthquake effects.
Utah's Salt Lake City earthquake effects.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Utah's Salt Lake City area in the United States hit with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. 

The Earthquake disconnected power to tens of thousands and delaying work at the state's public health lab amid the coronavirus Disaster.

Flights to Salt Lake International Airport were diverted as workers inspect broken runways, said the Federal Aviation Administration.

The tremor was centred about 10 miles west of Salt Lake City and very near the city of Magna, starting at 7:09 a.m. MT, said the US Geological Survey.

Earthquake of such magnitude was last felt in 1992 when a magnitude 5.9 tremor hit the St. George area, Utah's Division of Emergency Management said.

"I know the last thing we need right now is an earthquake, but here we are, and it sounds like aftershocks are likely," Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall posted on Twitter.

"The city is assessing the situation now and I'll circle back with an update when I have it. Be safe," he added.

Salt Lake International Airport, which was under a ground stop after the quake, said a road to the airport has been closed.

"Please do not come out to the airport," the complex said on Twitter.

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