We have been receiving numerous reports from people in and around Great Falls who say that they felt an earthquake.
The quake registered as a magnitude 6.5, and was centered about 44 miles west of Challis, Idaho, at a depth of about 6.1 miles.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, three aftershocks were felt after the initial earthquake. The first was a 3.6 magnitude, the second a 4.6 magnitude, and the third a 3.4 magnitude, according to TV station KIVI in Boise. There have not been any reports of serious injuries or damage at this point.
Reports started coming in to MTN News at about 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday:
- Sarah Reynolds Johnson: "Just had an earthquake - felt it pretty hard here in Missoula, friends in Butte, Great Falls, and Bigfork felt it too!"
- Tina Gac Grismer: "Did Great Falls feel the a earthquake? Definitely did in Ulm"
- Brennen Hankins: "Felt that one on Central and 18th. Woke me up from a nap, and even my brother felt it. No damage, though!"
- Lindsey Kadner: "I was standing in my kitchen heard dishes rattling thought I was losing my mind.... went down to check on my daughter in the basement and she goes mom I heard this noise and felt this thing... oh that was an earthquake buddy and that explains why the dishes were shaking! I knew I wasn’t going crazy!"
- Lynne Durkin: "I felt my chair move and my houseplants were shaking!"
- Mark Smith: "I live 15 miles west of great falls and our place was moving back and forth."
- Tara Gorton: "I felt it in Great Falls! I thought I was going crazy and had my boys sit still for a minute. The water in the fish tank was swaying back and forth with no one moving."
- Leah Rockett: "I definitely felt it in Black Eagle and my dogs went nuts!"
- Steve Glenn: "Felt it in Sweetgrass, I thought it was just the train."
There have been no reports of damage in our area.
We will keep you updated.