Shaken and stirred

Earthquake rattles western Montana early Thurs.

No injuries or significant property damage have been reported, but many people in Dillon and throughout the region got stirred from their slumbers early Thursday morning by a powerful earthquake emanating from western Montana.

Epi-centered about five miles southeast of Lincoln--which sits around 160 miles north of Dillon--the earthquake struck at 12:30 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 seconds, registering a 5.8 on the Richter Scale, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

People from a broad swath of the region--from Billings to Spokane, to southern Idaho, to north of the border in Canada--reported feeling the effects of the temblor to the USGS, which placed the origin of the earthquake at a depth of about eight and a half miles below the earth's surface.

Numerous aftershocks, at least one of which could be felt in Dillon, were noted in the hour following the initial seismic event by USGS, which forecasted that aftershocks could continue in the coming weeks.

For updates on the biggest earthquake to hit western Montana in decades, keep checking back to this website throughout the day.