Earthquake Shakes Up Bannock County


By Alexa Tieu

Bannock County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Homeowners in Lava Hot Springs are assessing the damage and picking up the pieces from Sunday evening's 4.2 magnitude earthquake.

Luckily nobody has been reported injured...Idaho State University geologists say this is nothing to worry about.

But there could be a larger earthquake hitting the same region years from now.

It's just nearly impossible to say 'when.'

The Bannock County Sheriff's Office says in the case of a larger–scale earthquake, an emergency plan is already in place.

"You have to figure out where and what's going on and what are our priorities. And as soon as you get that figured out, we do have a fairly smooth, seamless line about getting those resources and allocating those resources and having a structures command," says Sheriff Lorin Nielsen, Bannock County Sheriff's Office.

The U.S. Geological Survey says two smaller earthquakes were also recorded inside the boundary of Yellowstone National Park in recent days.

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