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Shaking up memories

Shaking up memories

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Photos taken in 1983 after Borah Peak earthquake.

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 1:29 AM

If you haven't heard yet, we had a small earthquake in Idaho Tuesday.

Here's what happened:

It hit at 4:25 a.m. in Cobalt, Idaho.  That old mining town is about 29 miles west of Salmon.
The quake was minor.  It had a magnitude of 3.1 which means it probably wasn't noticed by anyone.

We took notice though in our newsroom.

In fact, News at Five producer Jeremy Stiles did some digging about the "big" earthquake in Idaho.

Do you remember it?

In 1983 a deadly quake hit Challis.  The epicenter was near Borah Peak.

It hit in the morning and that's what made it such a tragedy.

Two children were killed on their way to school when the facade of a building fell on top of them.

With a magnitude of 6.9, that quake was the biggest ever in Idaho.  Strong enough to be felt in Boise!

I remember I was home ill that day and thought the flu was what was making my bedroom walls shake.  No, it was an earthquake and so sadly a quake strong enough to take lives.

So again, today's shaker was a just a little one but it stirred up some memories of past years in Idaho.