Saturday, October 19, 2013

Earthquake Shakes Eastern Idaho

Posted By on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

A small earthquake rumbled in Teton County overnight, but Eastern Idaho officials said there were no reports of serious damage.

The 3.6 magnitude quake was centered about 9 miles southeast of the town of Victor, about 50 miles east of Idaho Falls. Residents of twin Teton Counties, one in Idaho and another across the border in Wyoming, reported that they felt the quake.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Friday's 3.6 quake was one of the more powerful temblors to hit the region during the past year, but it was still classified as a minor earthquake. A 4.2 quake hit Lava Hot Springs in May.

Ironically, the earthquake occurred just over 24 hours after a number of Idahoans participated in the "Great American Shakeout" earthquake drill. Officials said approximately 70,000 residents participated in the drill across the Gem State.

In Eastern Idaho, a number of schools participated in the drill and public buildings sounded emergency alarms as part of the "shakeout."

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