Natural Disaster: 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits
Montana, Raising Supervolcano Concerns
wsweek - June 6
Early Thursday morning, residents of southern
feared the worst when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the region. Though
its epicenter was only 230 miles from Montana Yellowstone,
the United States Geological Survey (USGS) says the seismic activity was
not irregular, and the supervolcano is not expected to erupt anytime soon.
"The location and focal mechanism solution of this earthquake are consistent with right-lateral faulting in association with faults of the Lewis and Clark line, a prominent zone of strike-slip, dip slip and oblique slip faulting trending east-southeast from northern Idaho to east of Helena, Montana, southeast of this earthquake," said the USGS.
Nevertheless, people were concerned.