Earthquake Hits Teton Valley
0 Updated at 8:49 am, July 18th, 2014 By: Managing Editor EastIdahoNews.com
(DRIGGS, ID) – A small earthquake rattled parts of eastern Idaho Thursday night. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say the magnitude 3.1 temblor struck the Teton Valley just after 5:30 p.m., about four miles north of Driggs. Several residents reported feeling the quake, but no damage was reported. The valley is considered to be at risk for small-scale tremors because of its proximity to the Teton Fault and Yellowstone National Park, but experts say the quake is nothing out of the ordinary.
A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States including Idaho. The U.S. Geological Survey updated its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008. Idaho is one of 16 states considered to have the highest risk for earthquakes.
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