Fireworks weren't the only thing shaking windows in western Montana as the Treasure State celebrated the 4th of July Holiday.

Reports from the USGS (United States Geological Survey), say a 3.9 magnitude earthquake occurred near Seely Lake at 4:46 early Friday morning.  The earthquake was located 23 miles east, northeast of Seely Lake, and 48 miles from Missoula.

While you might not think of Montana as the earthquake capital of the United States, earthquakes happen here in Big Sky Country more often than you might know. According to Ready Gallatin, Montana has between 7 to 10 earthquakes per day on average, making it the 4th most seismic state in the country.

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The most famous earthquake to take place in the state happened back in August of 1959. The earthquake, which happened near West Yellowstone would end up killing 28 people and causing a massive rock slide of over 80 million tons of rocks.

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The rock slide would block the Madison River and form what is now known as Earthquake Lake.

The website Ready.Gov suggests the following tips if you're in an earthquake:

  • If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.
  • If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings.
  • If you are inside, stay and do not run outside and avoid doorways.
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They also remind you that aftershocks are a common occurrence and you should be prepared using the "Drop, Cover, and Hold On method".

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