Thursday, 05 December, 2019

5.8 quake hits near Helena, Montana

USGS Community Intensity Map shows where the earthquake was felt USGS Community Intensity Map shows where the earthquake was felt. USGS
Debra Rodriguez | 07 July, 2017, 00:45

United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 5.8 quake near Lincoln, Montana Wednesday night.

The initial quake started around 12:30 midnight on Thursday.

So far, the natural disaster has been followed by at least nine aftershocks, according to National Weather Service in Great Falls. " reporting page on the USGS website".

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office report an natural disaster - centered in Lincoln, northeast of Ravalli County - was estimated at 5.8 on the Richter scale.

The so-called Hebgen Lake quake triggered a major landslide that killed 28 people and caused significant damage. We will have more information soon. There have been no reports of injuries or damages so far.

As everyone should know by now, we had one heck of a shaker roll thru Lincoln.

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"Following our magnitude 5.8 natural disaster folks are encourage to do a visual inspection of their home or place of business". Check your livestock and fences too. If its something you feel is an emergency, call 911.

Some alarmed residents said via Twitter that they woke to fears that an intruder was in their house; others said their dogs had seemed to sense the oncoming quake - and jumped on their owners to seek safety.

There have been more than 70 quakes measuring larger than 4.5 in Montana and parts of Wyoming and Idaho since 1925, according to the USGS. For residents in Spokane, which is the second most-populated city in Washington State, it will be particularly shocking.

The strongest on record to be centered in the state, a magnitude 7.5 natural disaster in Hebgen Lake, just west of Yellowstone National Park, claimed 28 lives and resulted in $11 million in damage on August 18, 1959. It damaged churches, collapsed walls right out of homes, and hit commercial and government buildings as well.

The natural disaster was the sixth biggest on record in Montana, with the biggest being a magnitude-7.2 quake in August 1959.

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