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Earthquake location

The location of the two earthquakes.

Two earthquakes shook an area southwest of Kalispell within a span of three hours Monday morning.

The first was a magnitude 3.0 quake that was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 5:40 a.m. The epicenter was 33 miles west-southwest of Kalispell and 3.5 miles below the surface.

The second was a magnitude 3.5 quake just two miles away at 8:13 a.m. The second epicenter was 31 miles west-southwest of Kalispell at a depth of 5.3 miles.

Both occurred near Murr Peak in the Salish Mountains.


In November, the same area experienced two other earthquakes.

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck Nov. 11, with its epicenter 32 miles west-southwest of Kalispell and 3.5 miles below the Earth's surface.

The temblor managed to shake up residents as far east as Hot Springs.

Then, on Nov. 14, a 4.5 temblor struck the same general area. The USGS said the quake struck just before midnight and was centered about five miles beneath Whitefish, which is about 15 miles north of Kalispell.

Flathead County officials said many residents noticed the shaking.

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