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3.0 magnitude earthquake rumbles near Manhattan

Posted at 10:25 AM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 12:41:50-04

An earthquake was reported in southern Montana Wednesday morning.

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake hit around 6:45 a.m. about two miles west of Manhattan.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at a depth just over three miles.

The strongest earthquake to hit Montana in more than a decade happened near Lincoln in July 2017:

BACKGROUND: According to the USGS, Montana is one of the most seismically-active states in the country, although the vast majority of recorded earthquakes are very small, causing no damage and rarely noticed by people. 

Montana is located within the Intermountain Seismic Belt, an active earthquake region stretching along the Rocky Mountains. It is the fourth-most seismically active state, although the vast majority of earthquakes in Montana are too small to be felt.

But there are exceptions. About 90 years ago, a large earthquake hit southwest Montana. The quake damaged a school house in Three Forks, twisted railroad tracks along the Missouri River, and damaged a jail in White Sulphur Springs. 

Ten years after that another big quake hit Helena, killing two people and causing millions of dollars in damage. It damaged churches, collapsed walls right out of homes, and hit commercial and government buildings as well.