Earthquake rocks Montana

Montana was rocked last Thursday, July 6, by the largest earthquake to hit the state in more than a decade. The 5.8-magnitude initial quake struck 11 kilometers south-southeast of Lincoln at approximately 12:35 a.m. local time.

People across Montana and as far away as Seattle, Wash., reported feeling the quake through the United States Geological Survey’s website. Calls flooded local 911 centers, prompting officials to request such calls be limited only to situations with injuries or imminent threats.

Aftershocks continued to impact the area for several hours. The tremors, ranging from 2.5 to 4.9 in magnitude, were clustered around the Lincoln area and were still being reported as late as six hours after the initial quake.

No injuries or significant damage was reported from the quake, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A few small, isolated rock slides were reported and immediately cleared.