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4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes West Yellowstone


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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montona. — A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook West Yellowstone just at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake’s epicenter was about eight miles northeast of West Yellowstone and four aftershocks, measuring 2.7, 3.1, 2.8 and 2.9, happened over the next hour.

Roger Merrill, the owner of the Playmill Theatre, felt the earthquake as it was happening.

“We were sitting in the theater and heard a thump and then felt the building sway for just a few seconds,” Merrill tells “It didn’t knock anything off of shelves or anything, but it was enough to get everyone’s heart racing! We asked others in our lobby if they felt it, but they hadn’t.”

No major damage has been reported. Stay with for updates.