Is it normal to feel so many aftershocks after the initial earthquake?

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Utah Emergency Management

Utah (ABC4 News) – On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Utah with an epicenter located 3 miles north of Magna hit Utah just after 7 a.m.

Since the initial earthquake, the state has experienced hundreds of aftershocks. According to Utah Emergency Management, these commonly felt aftershocks are expected.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 3.24 magnitude aftershock occurred on Thursday at 10:12 a.m. and a 3.0 aftershock occurred shortly after at 10:21 a.m. near Salt Lake City. Many are asking when these aftershocks will officially stop.

Utah Emergency Management said “Eventually, they will stop. But we are still only days away from the original 5.7 quake.”

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Below is the map from USGS of Thursday’s aftershocks, which hit near Salt Lake City.

According to UUSS, Thursday morning’s aftershock happened at a slightly different location from previous aftershocks.

UUSS officials say the Thursday earthquakes might feel slightly different than the quakes you felt earlier in the week, which is normal, according to officials.

The aftershocks are part of the ongoing Magna sequence.

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