6.5 EARTHQUAKE FELT ACROSS IDAHO, CENTERED IN CHALLIS.
Felt in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.
It was intensely felt in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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6.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Idaho and 7 surrounding states
BOISE, Idaho — At 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, the Idaho and states throughout the Northwest were rattled by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS.
The USGS reports that the epicenter was west of Challis and 73.3 miles north of Meridian.
According to the USGS map, the epicenter of the earthquake was next to Shake Creek and Laidlow Creek in the north-central Idaho mountains.
The USGS had a delay in reporting the earthquake because of social distancing, according to Paul Bodin, the head of the University of Washington seismology lab, who talked to our sister station in Seattle, KING.
KTVB staff felt the possible earthquake from North Boise, Meridian, and Nampa. One of our staff members said her family in Montana felt the earthquake.
People in seven different states reportedly felt the 6.5 magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS’s intensity map.
The earthquake came less than two weeks after a major quake rattled Utah, Idaho’s neighbor to the south. That 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck just outside Salt Lake City, damaging buildings and spurring evacuations.
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean tweeted out “Boise, yes you did feel an #earthquake. City officials are checking all our facilities and public safety officers are conducting structural checks downtown and in our neighborhoods.”
A 4.6-magnitude aftershock was felt after the earthquake throughout Boise and the Treasure Valley.
KTVB contacted several gas stations in Challis, Stanley, and Cascade and they said there was no severe damage to buildings or property there.
The Boise Police Department tweeted that they have not received any reports of damage.
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office told KTVB that they have no reported structural damage at this time.
This is a developing story and this article will be updated when further information is made available.