5-magnitude natural disaster in southern Idaho felt in Spokane

5-magnitude natural disaster in southern Idaho felt in Spokane

A 6.5-magnitude natural disaster hit the western USA state of Idaho on Tuesday with no immediate reports of damage or fatalities.

The US Geological Service is reporting that the quake felt all over the BC Interior shortly before 5 pm was a magnitude-6.5 tremor in Idaho.

Another 4.8 magnitude quake just east of the town was recorded about half an hour later.

The agency said shaking was "very strong", and added that it received about 16,000 reports from people who felt it.

There are no immediate reports of damage at this time.

The epicenter was about 70 miles northeast of Boise and just 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho.

'It felt like a wave going through the ground, so I knew right away what it was.

Director of the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte, Mike Stickney, said this really was a large earthquake.

Shaking was felt across the region, including Washington state, Utah, Nevada and Canada, Accuweather said. "I mean, that's what we do". 'The whole house was rattling, and I started to panic. "The event was widely felt, with close to 16,000 'Did You Feel It?' reports thus far submitted, but likely to have low impact".

It is also the largest 6.9 magnitude natural disaster in Idaho since the Borah Peak quake in 1983 that killed two people in Challis.

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