Friday night quake centered in Whitefish, Montana measures 4.5 magnitude

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(SOURCE)  A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled homes and businesses in Northwest Montana around midnight on Friday.

 According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit just two miles east of downtown Whitefish, and was based about 5.5 miles beneath the earth’s surface. However, an earthquake of this size is unlikely to cause any serious damage based on USGS standards.

Early reports came in from several points in the Flathead Valley, indicating the quake was felt in Kila, Martin City and elsewhere. The Daily Inter Lake’s walls in Kalispell shook and chairs were rolling slightly.

Seismographs available online showed that the temblor was also felt in Missoula and as far away as Yellowstone.

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Marion area west of Kalispell on Tuesday afternoon.


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