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Rare 5.8 earthquake strikes western Montana, the area's strongest temblor in at least 20 years – Los Angeles Times

A rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck western Montana, plunging a town into darkness and powerful enough to knock down shelves and break glass, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Western Montana hasn’t seen an earthquake greater than magnitude 5 in the past 20 years, said USGS geophysicist Robert Sanders.

“It’s not impossible, but it is a very rare event,” Sanders said.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Spokane, Wash., Boise, Idaho, and Calgary in Canada, Sanders said. More than 10,000 people reported feeling the earthquake, with people closest to the epicenter reporting shaking as strong as intensity level 8 — capable of causing significant damage.

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