Earthquake rocks Montana


MISSOULA, Mont.- Around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit western Montana. The National Weather Service in Great Falls said on Twitter that the shaking was felt as far away as 500 miles.

The U.S. Geological Survey claims the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck a little after midnight about 6 miles southeast of Lincoln.

Here is a picture of the seismograph from the Black Hills, South Dakota seismic station:
The Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office is reporting that there have been no reports of injury or damage in the area and power in Lincoln has been fully restored. One resident of Helena, a 76-year-old man who was about 34 miles away from the quake’s epicenter, said it was the strongest seismic activity that he had ever felt.
The following are the top three largest Montana earthquakes that have taken place in the last century.

In 1935, a series of several hundred quakes hit Helena. The state reports the quake damaged more than half of Helena’s buildings.

In 1959, a 7.5 quake killed 29 people and did $11 million worth of damage. It became the largest earthquake to ever hit Montana.

In 2005, a 5.6 quake shook Dillon and damaged part of the old main hall at the University of Montana Western.

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