Dangerous strong earthquake below Eastern Idaho - September 2, 2017

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Update : The ultimate explanatory earthquake poster from this earthquake comes from geologist Dr. Jay Patton. Click on the image to be linked to his site. The poster contains lots of important scientific information and can be viewed in full format in his site

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Update : While writing this update we have no knowledge of any damage. If we would find any signs of damage or injuries, we will asap share it with our readers.

Update : The area got a huge number of aftershocks!, which is normal but at the same time very sleep disturbing

Update :  Focal mechanism of the earthquake shows a merely extensional movement - 2 parts of the fault pulling out of each other
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Update :  shaking map

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Manson, Idaho, 10.8 km (6.7 mi)
Pocatello, Idaho, 90.6 km (56.3 mi)
Chubbuck, Idaho, 94.0 km (58.4 mi)
Blackfoot, Idaho, 100.1 km (62.2 mi)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 211.1 km (131.2 mi)

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-09-02 17:56:54

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-09-02 23:56:54

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Soda Springs, Idaho Sep 02 23:56 5.3 9 MAP
  • Pocatello - Very weak shaking
  • Pocatello - It lasted about 5 to 8 seconds. No damages.
  • Logan UT - 3rd floor 4 story modern university building. Shaking was low frequency, lasting about 15 seconds.
  • POCATELLO - 10-15
  • Bennington - No damage. Scared the kids.
  • Pocatello - Thought someone was stomping around upstairs when the first tremor hit, but then items atop a cabinet began shaking. I heard rumbling. The first tremor didn't last too long, possibly five seconds. The second tremor shook objects on the cabinet again and the ground, only for a few seconds. Half a minute later there was a strong one that shook the ground and rattled objects. It lasted about ten seconds. No damage to speak of.
  • Pocatello - It lasted about 5 seconds and it felt like my washer shaking, I have no property damage that I can see so far
  • Montpelier, idaho - Moderate shaking
  • Pocatello - Moderate shaking
  • Idaho - Having moved from California and living through many many earthquakes today's quake in Idaho wasn't that bad
  • cherry creek Malad City Idaho - felt like someone under my chair kicking me looked at lamp shade wae moving looked at fish tank water was rippling heard crack in front of house
  • Pocatello - First one I thought was my imagination, second one made the walls rattle a little, but that's it. No damage.
  • Bothwell - Strong shaking
  • Pocatello - Light shaking
  • Soda Spring ID - Strong shaking
  • Pocatello - 8 sec. Weak tremor about 25 min later
  • Pocatello - I was sitting at the computer in a swivel chair and I felt it shake for a brief moment...maybe 1-2 seconds of shaking. My husband and kids in the backyard playing did not feel anything.
  • North Logan, UT - Third floor of apartment building (4 yrs old), sofa tilted slightly about 3-4 times, other occupants didn't notice it. 5-7 seconds.
  • pocatello - 5-10 seconds, enough to vibrate walls, make things rattle, feel like just a little stronger might knock objects over so it gets your attention. didn't notice the exact time but this is the third I'd felt today, though the first two were soon after each other earlier today. This last one was not the strongest today. Happened roughly 8:30pm-ish although I'm sure more exact records were taken of the exact time.
  • pocatello - just had two new rounds of shaking back to back, about a minute apart. At roughly 12:05-12:07 am mountain time. First went for about 20 seconds. Then it seemed to be over, then felt it again for about 10 seconds. So it either ebbed and then got noticeable again, or it was two back to back. Guessing they're more from the soda springs area bunch that's been happening at intervals today.
  • Moreland ID - 5:57 pm I was sitting on the porcelain throne when I felt an off balance sensation. I looked forward and watched the plants in the bathroom sway slightly north and south for 3 to 4 seconds. There was a low frequency rumble at the same time.
  • Bancroft - 12:45am 9/3. Light shaking of house. Lasted about 8 seconds.
  • pocatello - Latest one felt around 5:25am mountain time. Lasting about 20 seconds. Really surprised how many rumblings we've had in the last twelve hours. We don't usually get any.
  • Pocatello Idaho - At about 6:03 PM Saturday (9/2/17), I was sitting in my heavy easy chair and felt it shake for about 2 seconds. It was sitting on a concrete floor in the basement. I didn't feel any after that. I went to bed at 7:00 PM and felt none in bed.
  • Cub River/Preston - It shook the entire house for around 5-10 Seconds. We have found no Damage to houme or surrounding area. Our Home is a Slab on Grade Ranch Home. The Walls and Floors shook for the full 5-10 seconds. I could see the Trees shaking as the Birds all flew out of them outside. I was sitting at my desk in the study and my Desk & Monitors shook back and forth.
  • Ogden, UT - Siting 5:56pm felt the house shake and light rolling.
  • Pocatello - I was dusting when one of the decorations fell off of the table. A while later thought I better go check outside and found two of my driveway pads cracked through completely!
  • Clearfield - I was sitting at my kitchen table and it shook back and forth 1 time. My sister was sitting on her bed and it shook and her dog jumped up and barked and ran into my room
  • Lava Hotsprings - Light shaking
  • Lava hot springs - Felt it it shake the entice Rv thought daughter was jumping around...
  • Lava Hot Springs - Outside at the time in a chair. Felt shaking for about 6-8 seconds. Kind of like a wiggling. Saw things around me moving. No damage.
  • McCammon - I was sitting on the couch and felt it start to shake. It lasts a few seconds. No damage.
  • Chubbuck idaho - I could feel my floor shake, like when the washer is on the spin cycle.
  • Chubbuck idaho - I could feel my floor shake, like when the washer is on the spin cycle.
  • Soda Springs - No damage but some pictures tipped over and a couple of glass bottles fell off the shelf.
  • Pocatello - I was sitting on one of our couches and I heard a pretty loud noise, the plants were shaking and the couch I was sitting on was shaking. My mom was basically in the same room as me and didn't see or feel it.
  • Moreland ID - 12:17am laying in bed felt another quake. Came from the south like a wave, also rattled the snow globe cabinet.
  • Orem, UT - Felt a rolling and thought it may have been vertigo or imagined until I saw the overhead hanging lamp swaying slightly.
  • Pocatello - it was not shaking, it was more like rocking and it lasted 10 seconds then another one lasted the same time.
  • Pocatello - Around 3:50am, my significant other and I both felt the bed shaking. It only lasted a couple seconds, but it was strange. We wondered if it was a quake, but I had never felt one before and nothing outside seemed disturbed. That led me to look it up today.
  • Blackfoot reservoir - Sept 10 woke us up... bed was shaking and blinds
  • Montpelier, ID - Were camping, and thought my wife was bouncing her foot. A few minutes later, I felt it again, but knew she was not bouncing her foot that time. We discussed, and noted there was no traffic on nearby road. Felt shaking 3 times, about 7 p.m., generally, Sept 2.
  • GEOFON Eastern Idaho Sep 02 23:56 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pocatello - No property damage, impressive shaking, 15-20 second duration
  • pocatello - Moderate shaking
  • Preston - Light shaking
  • Pocatello - Weak shaking
  • Niter - Moderate shaking
  • Downey - No damage. Shaking 5-8 sec
  • Pocatello, ID - Moderate shaking
  • Pocatello - Light shaking
  • Pocatello - Maybe 5-7 seconds shook apartment.
  • Pocatello, Idaho - No property damage, less than 5 seconds. I thought I was crazy until my dad texted me and asked if I felt it. He lives a few miles to the north.
  • SE Idaho - Light shaking
  • pocatello - at about 12:45am mountain time, had another brief shake over here. Didn't last more than a few seconds. Enough to lightly make things shake and creak a bit but only if you were paying attention. A little concerning considering the last one was felt around 12:05am and I would have expected them to be less often, not more (by now since the first one was hours ago).
  • Bancroft - Light shaking of house. Lasted about 8 seconds.
  • EMSC Southern Idaho Sep 02 23:55 4.3 10 MAP
    USGS Southern Idaho Sep 02 23:55 4.3 10 MAP
  • American Falls Idaho - I didn't know it was a earthquake told my husband how really bumpy the road was slow down my speed to stay on road around 6 something p.m.




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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