Earthquake shakes Central Idaho Thursday morning

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comApril 10, 2014 

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake caused things to "shake, rattle and roll" in Idaho's Custer County early Thursday morning — but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to a Custer County emergency dispatcher.

The quake occurred at 6:21 a.m. about 9 miles northwest of Challis, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Dispatcher Linda Lumpkin said she was on her way to work when it hit, and her husband — Sheriff Stuart Lumpkin — was still in bed.

"We got a lot of calls, but no reports of anything ... no injuries, none of that," Linda Lumpkin said. She said people were calling and asking if that was really what they thought it was.

"It was nothing real exciting," said Adam Beaupre, one of the owners of the Watermark Inn in Challis. He said he heard a rumble before the bed and breakfast — in a house that dates back to 1896 — began to shake and creak.

Lumpkin and Beaupre said there have been other smaller quakes in recent weeks.

Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for earthquake activity, averaging about 33 earthquakes annually.

In October 1983, the 6.9-magnitude Borah Peak earthquake killed two children in Challis and did major damage to 50 buildings (about $12.5 million in damage). In fall 2005, more than 1,000 quakes - the strongest about 3.9 magnitude - shook the Cascade area.

Challis, which is about a 4.5-hour drive from Boise, is the county seat and has about 1,000 residents.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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