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Numerous reports of an earthquake felt in Great Falls

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 21:20:34-04

GREAT FALLS — We have been receiving numerous reports from people in and around Great Falls who say that they felt an earthquake.

The quake registered as a magnitude 6.5, and was centered about 44 miles west of Challis, Idaho, at a depth of about 6.1 miles.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, three aftershocks were felt after the initial earthquake. The first was a 3.6 magnitude, the second a 4.6 magnitude, and the third a 3.4 magnitude, according to TV station KIVI in Boise. There have not been any reports of serious injuries or damage at this point.

Reports started coming in to MTN News at about 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday:

  • Sarah Reynolds Johnson: "Just had an earthquake - felt it pretty hard here in Missoula, friends in Butte, Great Falls, and Bigfork felt it too!"
  • Tina Gac Grismer: "Did Great Falls feel the a earthquake? Definitely did in Ulm"
  • Brennen Hankins: "Felt that one on Central and 18th. Woke me up from a nap, and even my brother felt it. No damage, though!"
  • Lindsey Kadner: "I was standing in my kitchen heard dishes rattling thought I was losing my mind.... went down to check on my daughter in the basement and she goes mom I heard this noise and felt this thing... oh that was an earthquake buddy and that explains why the dishes were shaking! I knew I wasn’t going crazy!"
  • Lynne Durkin: "I felt my chair move and my houseplants were shaking!"
  • Mark Smith: "I live 15 miles west of great falls and our place was moving back and forth."
  • Tara Gorton: "I felt it in Great Falls! I thought I was going crazy and had my boys sit still for a minute. The water in the fish tank was swaying back and forth with no one moving."
  • Leah Rockett: "I definitely felt it in Black Eagle and my dogs went nuts!"
  • Steve Glenn: "Felt it in Sweetgrass, I thought it was just the train."

There have been no reports of damage in our area.

Click here to visit the U.S. Geological Survey incident page.

We will keep you updated.