By RODNEY D. BOAM
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook Southeast Idaho near Lava Hot Springs at 9:13 p.m. Sunday. It was seven miles below the surface the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The first quake was followed by an aftershock of a 3.2 magnitude quake three miles east of the resort town.
Dieta Jensen, who lives near Trout Creek Road in Thatcher, said she and her daughter felt it.
“It was all over Facebook,” Jensen said. Other residents in Franklin County also reported they felt it.
Idaho is the fifth most active state in the country to have earthquakes, USGS officials said.
“Geological and seismological studies show that earthquakes are likely to happen in any of several active zones in Idaho and adjacent states. Idaho is ranked behind California, Nevada, Utah, and Alaska for the greatest overall hazard,” said USGS.
The two largest earthquakes in the contiguous United States in the last 30 years were both in Idaho, the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake (M7.5) and the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake (M7.3).
The two tremors caused several fatalities and millions of dollars in damage.
The seismicity history in Idaho reveals that the state has moderate threat of earthquakes the agency said.
This story is sponsored by Franklin County Road Department and The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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