Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Early Morning Earthquakes Wake Eastern Idaho

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

The Custer County community of Challis experienced a couple more earthquakes early this morning, following a year in which residents felt a series of tremors.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the latest shake, a 3.7-magnitude temblor, came early this morning about two miles east/northeast of Challis. A separate quake was registered approximately 39 miles east of Challis. The temblors were approximately one mile deep.

A spokeswoman for the Custer County Sheriff's Office reported early today that the quakes were "widely felt" among residents of the area.

This past April, a series of quakes, up to 4.9 in magnitude, rattled the same area. And in August, a 3.8-magnitude quake shook the Teton County community of Driggs, the strongest quake in that area since 2005.

The most powerful quake in Idaho history came near Borah Peak in 1983, when a 6.9 earthquake resulted in $12.5 million in damage to the Challis-Mackay area and resulted in two deaths.

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