SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho early on Saturday, damaging property and triggering rock slides near its epicenter in Challis, a city that has endured hundreds of slight to moderate temblors over the last 10 months, authorities said.
The latest measured at a magnitude of 4.9 and was centered about four miles (6.5 km) from Challis in the state’s central mountains, but was felt as far away as Boise, a 190-mile (305-km) drive to the southwest, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake caused rock slides, damaged homes and knocked out power around Custer County, local officials said.
Challis Mayor Mark Lupher said he was not in the area when the quake struck, but that authorities told him by telephone that there were no known injuries. Several people living close to the epicenter reported property damage such as cracks in the walls of their homes, he said.
The latest in a string temblors to rattle the area, the quake was more powerful than recent ones, including a 2.9 magnitude quake on Dec. 29, the USGS and Challis Messenger weekly newspaper said.
“We’ve been around the block a few times,” Linda Lumpkin, Custer County Sheriff’s Office dispatch supervisor in Challis, said of the frequent seismic activity.