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Three earthquakes rock North Idaho, centered near Sandpoint

Bottles and glasses clinked on bar shelves and some residents reported pictures falling off their walls, but little damage was reported from a series of earthquakes that shook North Idaho last night, centered 14 miles southeast of Sandpoint. The three earthquakes, with magnitudes of 4.1, 4.2 and 3.3 on the Richter scale, hit at 7:32 p.m., 10:43 p.m. and 1:28 a.m.

Residents inundated the Bonner County 911 center with calls. “We have earthquake faults in our county, but it’s not prone to earthquakes,” said Bob Howard, Bonner County’s emergency management director.

But earthquakes near Sandpoint are not unheard of, writes S-R reporter Jonathan Brunt. A magnitude-5 quake shook the town in 1942. Idaho experienced two of the most destructive quakes in the lower 48 states in the 20th century: The 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake, a magnitude 7.5 temblor centered 10 miles across the state line in Montana, and the 1983 Borah Peak quake, magnitude 7.3, which killed two people and caused millions in damage hundreds of miles south in Challis and Mackay. You can read Brunt's full report here at

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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