Montana earthquake felt throughout Pacific Northwest

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Montana Earthquake
Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

CHELAN COUNTY-A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in western Montana was widely felt early Thursday around the Pacific Northwest. It was epicentered just North of Lincoln, Montana.

The shallow quake was felt as far away as Okanogan and Chelan Counties

The location of the earthquake contains two prominent faults. Many residents in the area reported their houses shaking from the quake, startling many in the early hours.

Western Montana and northwestern Wyoming have experienced at least 16 other Magnitude five earthquakes within the last 100 years.

The largest was the August 1959 M 7.2 Hebgen Lake earthquake – the largest historic event in the inter-mountain region – which occurred about 280 km to the south-southeast of the July 6th event. The Hebgen Lake earthquake triggered a large landslide that resulted in significant damage and more than 28 fatalities.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was associated with the Lewis and Clark fault line, a zone that stretches from east to southeast from northern Idaho to east of Helena, Montana and southeast of this earthquake.