210 earthquakes detected in Idaho, experts say M7.0 possible but not likely

Earthquakes detected near Soda Springs, Idaho since September 2, 2017. Credit: USGS


A total of 210 earthquakes have been detected in Southeast Idaho near the city of Soda Springs, Caribou County since Saturday, September 2, 2017. Experts say that they can’t guarantee there won’t be a larger quake in this area, but ‘the possibility is extremely low.’

The U.S. Geological Survey registered a total of 210 earthquakes between 23:26 UTC on September 2 and 12:18 UTC on September 9, including M5.3 at a depth of 6.5 km (4 miles), the strongest so far. Magnitudes ranged from 1.6 to M5.3 at depths between 0.6 to 12.9 km (0.4 to 8 miles).

According to experts, there is a possibility a M7.0 could strike somewhere in this area, but the possibility of that happening is extremely low. If a destructive M7.0 earthquake did occur, it could happen in the region shaken by the current swarm or it could happen elsewhere in the region where faults also exist. Read more

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Updated: 11/09/2017 — 04:56

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