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4.9 Idaho Earthquake Hits Custer County

A 4.9 Idaho earthquake hit Saturday around 6 pm in Challis, a town in Custer County.  There is no known damage or injuries yet.

4.9 Idaho Earthquake Hits Custer County

4.9 Idaho Earthquake Hits Custer County

The location of Custer County in Idaho state.

The city of Challis is about equal distance between Boise, Idaho and Butte, Montana.  The Custer County Sheriff’s department said that the shelves shook, but there was no noticeable damage to the town.

According to the US Geological Society, the earthquake was relatively shallow and only about 3.1 miles deep.  It seems the region does have a history of earthquakes though.  In 1983, an earthquake that registered at 6.9 shook the small town with a population of only about 1000.   When that earthquake occurred, two children were injured and several hundred homes and commercial businesses were damaged throughout the county.

Earthquakes are not very common in Idaho, so this brings up the question, why are we seeing earthquakes soo frequently lately?  There have been several smaller earthquakes in California, not to mention the earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park that have been said to cause buffalo to flee and started a rumor about a possible volcano eruption in the park.  Is it possible that these earthquakes are all happening for a reason?  IS something causing them that we are unaware of?

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

4.9 Idaho Earthquake Hits Custer County

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