President Trump declares disaster in Utah to provide federal funds after March earthquake

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) This March 24, 2020, file photo shows some of the damage caused by the 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered near there. Bricks fallen from the facade of Red Rooster Records in Magna are strewn all over the street.

Washington • President Donald Trump has approved disaster funding for Utah stemming from the earthquake and aftershocks that rattled the Wasatch Front in March and April, a move that will allow grants for buildings damaged and help for those displaced by the quakes.

The funding, including grants for temporary housing, home repairs and business losses, will be available in Salt Lake and Davis counties, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Magna in the early morning hours of March 18, causing property damage but no serious injuries. The shaking was felt from Logan to Utah County and a series of aftershocks rattled residents for weeks.

Residents of nearly 50 mobile homes were displaced after several shifted from their foundations.

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, tweeted his thanks to Trump for the declaration, saying it will help Davis and Salt Lake counties “recover from the recent earthquake and aftershocks.”

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Salt Lake and Davis counties can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.