You have probably heard the news by now that a 3.9 earthquake impacted the Seely Lake area on July 5, 2024.

Thankfully, no injuries or severe damages were reported from the earthquake.

However, this recent incident raises the question of how many earthquakes impact Montana daily.

Earthquakes In Montana

According to Gallatin County Emergency Management, Montana is impacted by 7 to 10 earthquakes each and every day.

Believe it or not, the 14th largest earthquake in the contagious United States occurred in 1959 at Hebgen Lake.

The Hebgen Lake Earthquake measured Magnitude 7.5, killed 28 people, displaced 80 Million tons of rock, and caused over 11 Million dollars in damage.

Montana's Geographical Characteristics

Montana is so seismically active due to the intermountain seismic belt, which stretches across Western Montana.

This belt extends from Flathead Lake northwest and southwest to the tri-state border of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park.

From Yellowstone, this belt extends along the Idaho-Wyoming border and further south into Utah and southern Nevada.

Current Seismic Activity In Montana

It's been a hot minute since we've had a major destructive earthquake in Montana, but don't think for a minute that it can't happen at any given moment.

As we learned above, Montana has 7 to 10 small earthquakes every day.

In most of these earthquakes, you don't feel or even know that they happen.

Recent Earthquakes In Montana

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