The center of the Gem State is shaking and that is causing
concern for the residents who live there. Even more quakes shook the area
yesterday and that has people wondering if this is a sign of a much larger one
For lifelong residents of Challis, feeling an earthquake is
nothing new but lately it’s been a little ridiculous.
While most of the quakes felt like nothing more than a
cement truck passing through, there was no mistaking the tremors on Monday.
“It was the first one that actually knocked stuff off the
shelves,” said Josh Kivi, Supervisor at Lamb’s Market. “It knocked quite a few
cans and a couple of the sodas off the shelf. It wasn’t too big of a mess but
it was the first one we really felt.”
This has prompted the USGS to bring in additional seismographs
and it has caused a few of the residents to be concerned.
“It’s kind of scary because something bigger could happen
and I’m kind of worried about that,” said a Challis High School Student.
Something bigger has shaken the town. In fact, in 1983, the
largest earthquake ever recorded in Idaho took place just a short distance down
“It’s legend around here and so the big thing with all these
little ones is it’s got everybody buzzing, waiting for the big one to happen
again,” said Kivi.
At least one resident who survived the great Borah Peak
Earthquake is using that experience for strength.
“That was a big shake,” said a Challis resident. “It
destroyed buildings and killed a couple of little kids. And we survived that
one structurally, and so unless it gets bigger than that, I think we’ll be
Most of the people we spoke with say they are taking a
closer look at their homes just in case.