Hey Boise, Did you Feel That Earthquake?
I lived in Alaska for about 4 years and earthquakes happen nearly daily in the state. Living in Anchorage we felt them often. In the time I lived there I experienced a few that were scary, big and long enough to wonder, is this it? Is this the start of the next big one? The biggest ones I experienced were enough to drop things off the walls and off shelves and even knock plates out of the cupboard and onto the floor, but no major damage. That being said there were many times where earthquakes were reported but I didn't feel a thing. It is much harder to detect them when you are in motion. Laying in bed awake however, you really feel them and become much more aware. So I ask again Boise, did you feel any shaking over the weekend?
According to Chadd Cripe with the Idaho Statesman there was an earthquake felt in Boise over the weekend on Saturday. The quakes epicenter was in central Idaho, about 11 miles northwest of Stanley and was the area strongest earthquake this year. It reached us here in Boise about a quarter after 10pm, about the same time as the end of the Boise State football team's loss to Oklahoma State at Albertsons Stadium.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported it as a 4.0-magnitude quake. A second, smaller earthquake, a 2.6 magnitude one happened about 20 minutes later. It didn't stop there, a third 3.5, was recorded at 11:06 p.m. and a fourth, at 3.4, at 11:18 p.m. A few more 3.0 and 3.4 took place shortly before midnight.
According to the The U.S. Geological Survey there have been more than 1,000 earthquakes in that area in the last 18 months. Each a 2.5 magnitude or higher. Clearly a very active part of the earth with uneven plates under ground. The second strongest Idaho earthquake was March, 31st, 2020 and reached 6.5 magnitude.
There is a Sawtooth Fault that Scientists say is likely the origin of these earthquakes. It spans about 40-miles and was discovered about a decade ago. Idaho has since gotten national scientific and geological attention as a very seismically active state.