Mon­tana shaken by earth­quake

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

LIN­COLN, Mont. — An earth­quake strong enough to rouse sleep­ing res­i­dents more than 30 miles from its epi­cen­ter struck west­ern Mon­tana early Thurs­day.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of in­juries or se­ri­ous dam­age from the mag­ni­tude-5.8 earth­quake that hit early Thurs­day.

Mike Stick­ney, a seis­mol­o­gist at the Earth­quake Stud­ies Of­fice with the Mon­tana Bu­reau of Mines and Ge­ol­ogy in Butte, said the quake was prob­a­bly the strong­est in Mon­tana since Oc­to­ber 1964 and was oc­curred along the axis of the in­ter­moun­tain seis­mic belt.

Stick­ney does not be­lieve the quake was seis­mi­cally linked to the re­cent swarm of more than 1,100 smaller earth­quakes in and around Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park over the past two weeks.

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