A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has rocked South Idaho.
USAToday reports a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday night, jolting people across three states. No injuries or damage has been immediately reported.
The temblor was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, a city on the outskirts of Boise, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s the most powerful earthquake to strike the Gem State since 1983, when the 6.9 magnitude Borah Peak earthquake killed two people and resulted in millions in damages, according to the Idaho Geological Survey.
“It felt like the whole house was shaking,” said Jim Tracy, 81, who was looking at model airplanes on his computer at a friend’s house in McCall. “It lasted so long I knew that it was a big one.”
There were immediate reports that the earthquake was felt in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls and Hailey in Idaho; Spokane, Washington; and Missoula and Bozeman, Montana.
Melissa Hawkins, who lives in northwest Boise with her family, said she heard a loud noise that sounded like a rumble.
“At first I thought it was thunder, weird thunder, but then the house was moving and I realized this is an earthquake — a really big earthquake,” said Hawkins, 44. “It felt like it was in Boise.”
The prolonged shaking, Hawkins said, brought back childhood memories of the Borah Peak quake, which also hit in a remote part of Idaho but was felt in the capital city. She remembers lights in the house swinging then, and saw that same phenomenon Tuesday.
Social media users shared some incredible footage of the incident.
Pool in Northern Utah still sloshing 3 minutes after 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Idaho.
🎥 | Cynthia Robison-Hanchett pic.twitter.com/PcFkUEmGEU
— Jim Spiewak (@JimSpiewak) April 1, 2020
Well I have video of my perspective of the earthquake in Idaho. pic.twitter.com/wk8I0JDgzc
— Aus (@ausinboise) April 1, 2020
— ΜικαεΙα (@mikaela9489) April 1, 2020