It’s rare but it happens…Idaho was rattled by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake yesterday that was felt by 6 surrounding states. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is warning that hundreds of aftershocks are possible, some of which could even be larger than the original quake.
On Tuesday at 5:52 PM, Idaho and at least 6 other states in the Northwest felt the 6.5 magnitude earthquake.
The epicenter was 45 miles west of Challis and 73.3 miles north of Meridian, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which puts it next to Shake Creek and Laidlow Creek in the north-central Idaho mountains.
People in six surrounding states reported feeling the temblor. The USGS confirmed via its intensity map that six surrounding states felt the quake, including Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.
The National Weather Service posted a warning on its website on Tuesday night which read: “Be ready for more earthquakes.”
Officials said there is a small chance that an aftershock could occur that is even larger than Tuesday’s earthquake. Already, there have been aftershocks of magnitude 4.6, 3.6, and 3.4 throughout Boise and the Treasure Valley.
All in all, earthquakes in Idaho are very unusual.
The last time Idaho had a big earthquake near this magnitude was in Borah Peak in 1983.
According to the office of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boise, the 6.5 magnitude earthquake was the strongest earthquake to occur anywhere in the world within the last 30 days.
The earthquake comes only two weeks after another major earthquake rattled the neighboring state of Utah with a 5.7 magnitude just outside of Salt Lake City.
The Utah quake damaged several buildings and prompted evacuations.
Officials are reminding people who live anywhere in the west to be prepared for earthquakes.
In the last two weeks earthquakes have struck Idaho and Utah, and could occur in any western state as well.
Government officials advise people to make and earthquake preparedness supply kit.