Intermountain Seismic Belt Historical Earthquake Project
November 10, 1884 – Bear Lake, ID – M 6.3
On Monday, November 10, 1884, at 1:50 a.m., a magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred on the east shore of Bear Lake, Idaho, near the Idaho-Utah border, approximately 10 miles southeast of Saint Charles, Idaho.
A report indicated that the earthquake was felt by people throughout the Bear Lake Valley. Felt reports were received from individuals in the Idaho cities of Paris, Montpelier, Soda Springs and Pocatello. Reports were also received from Evanston, Wyoming and the Utah cities of Blaine, Brigham City, Logan, Ogden and Salt Lake City.
It was reported that much damage was done to houses in Paris, Idaho, including cracked walls. The shaking rattled dishes and threw some unsecured items from shelves. Some people reported feeling seasick. People in Montpelier, Idaho, reported hearing a rumbling noise and rattling windows. Houses were shaken and items were thrown from shelves.
In Ogden, Utah, the shaking rattled windows and furniture and awakened people, but no serious damage was done. A report from Brigham City, Utah, noted that people were awakened, beds were shaken and items were shaken from tables. In Salt Lake City, Utah, it was reported that the earthquake was accompanied by a low rumbling sound. Windows, lamps, beds and other furniture were shaken. The shaking awakened some people.
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