Magnitude Earthquake Hits Western Montana, Largest In 20 Years

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Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday
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08 July, 2017

An natural disaster in the US state of Montana yesterday was felt by residents here in B.C. The 5.8 magnitude quake struck the western part of the state close to northwest Helena at 12:30 AM local time, but was felt by people in multiple states and even Canada.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.8 quake hit at 12:30 a.m. about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) southeast of Lincoln. Nine smaller quakes followed over the next several hours. The USGS received reports of people feeling the initial quake throughout Montana and into Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and Canada. A magnitude 4.5 quake rattled the same area about five minutes later.

A seismologist says it was believed to be the largest natural disaster in Montana since October 1964.

In Helena, Montana, on early Thursday, an natural disaster hits the western region of the state with a magnitude of 5.8 that shook the land very well, as per the US Geological Survey officials said this was the largest quake hit the ground in 20 years.

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Montana 5.8-magnitude earthquake felt in Alberta and BC

The quake's epicenter was some 230 miles from Yellowstone National Park - and because it was felt from far away, Kamps says some residents in the area were wondering if the earth shaking was tied to the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office stated that power had been restored early Thursday morning and that as of 2 a.m. there were no reports of injury or damage in the Lincoln area.

Ray Anderson said his wife told him the temblor woke up the dogs. The largest quake in Montana history was magnitude 7.2 near West Yellowstone in 1959.


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