Earthquake: 4.2 quake hits near Bozeman, Mont.


A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon at 5:02 p.m. Pacific time 16 miles from Bozeman, Mont., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 40 miles from Butte, Mont. and 56 miles from Helena, Mont..

In the past 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of 10 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in the United States, according to a recent three year data sample.


The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.0 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-stepearthquake preparedness guide.

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