Earthquakes in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho

For those interested in Idaho, the Sawtooth Mountains, or Earthquakes in general, here is a quick and dirty chronicle of our experience

The Sawtooth Wilderness is in Central Idaho on the Western Edge of a massive geologically active area extending East into Montana and Wyoming, and not coincidentally home to Yellowstone Park

The Sawtooth fault, which runs along the east side of the Sawtooth Mountain range, is the largest and best known fault in the region. However, the Sawtooth fault is still not well understood. According to the Idaho Geologic Survey, we limited knowledge of the long-term slip rate and the timing of past earthquakes.

Thursday May 21st, 2020, 5:33 AM MDT - 4.4 Magnitude, 66 km E of Cascade, Idaho

Thursday May 21st, 2020, 5:33 AM MDT - 4.4 Magnitude, 66 km E of Cascade, Idaho

Were up early most days, and felt this one rattling the house at 5:30a in the morning. Third meaningful earthquake we have felt since moving back to Boise ~3 years ago. 

Here's the full interactive map system you can explore yourself: USGS Earthquakes, 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S.

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Creates Historic Avalache Cycle in the Sawtooths

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Creates Historic Avalache Cycle in the Sawtooths  

Here's a great read from our friends at Sawtooth Mountain Guides. They were right in the middle of it. 

FAULT LINES & FRACTURE LINES: HOW AN M6.5 EARTHQUAKE LED TO A HISTORIC AVALANCHE CYCLE IN THE SAWTOOTHS

Thursday May 21st, 2020, 5:33 AM MDT - 4.4 Magnitude, 66 km E of Cascade, Idaho

On March 31, 2020, a  magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck  near Boise, ID, in the Challis National Forest

This one was scary. That's coming from a guy who was in Boise for the Borah Peak earthquake in '83, and experienced multiple smaller quakes living in Southern California. The house was shaking hard for what felt like 60-70 full seconds. I grabbed my daughter and headed for the strongest looking doorway I could find. 

The Idaho Geologic Survey has the best summary of the technicals, if you're into that sort of thing.  

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