Southeastern Idaho rocked by nearly 80 earthquakes in the past two days – and the swarm doesn’t show signs of stopping

Monday, September 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

Nearly 80 earthquakes have hit southeastern Idaho since Saturday night
The second tremor, which occurred around 6pm Saturday, was the strongest at a magnitude of 5.3
Since then, most of the tremors have been between 2 and 4 on the Richter scale
The most recent quake happened Monday morning around 6am
Locals say this is by far the largest earthquake swarm the area has seen
Recent swarms have only been around three total earthquakes

4 September 2017

Southeastern Idaho has been hit by nearly 80 earthquakes since Saturday, by far the largest earthquake swarm the area has seen in recent memory, according to local officials.

The earth started moving Saturday evening around 6pm, when the first quakes were felt in an area east of Soda Springs.

The second tremor has been the biggest so far, a magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale.

Since then, dozens of quakes have been felt in the small, 140-square-mile area, most registering between 2 and 4 on the Richter scale.

And the earthquake swarm doesn’t show signs of stopping. Earthquake swarms can last for weeks and even months.
The most recent quake was felt Monday morning around 6am local time.

So far, Caribou County officials say they haven’t received any reports of injuries in the earthquakes or damage to buildings.

However, people as far away as Salt Lake City have been feeling the tremors and a 5.3 earthquake is large enough to cause damage to buildings.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, some 17,000 people have felt the quakes. The quakes were picked up by the University of Utah seismograph stations

The earthquakes have left the community shaken in more ways than one.

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says he’s been a police officer in the area for over 40 years and he doesn’t remember an earthquake swarm this large.

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