Strongest natural disaster in a dozen years rattles Montana

Strongest natural disaster in a dozen years rattles Montana

The quake registered as "strong" to "very strong" in the Lincoln area of Lewis and Clark County.

A magnitude 5.8 quake erupted near Helena, Montana at 12:30 a.m. Mountain time on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was about 6 miles south of Lincoln, originating from a depth of almost 3 miles underground, according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Service.

The quake was felt as far away as Seattle, Washington, and into Alberta, Canada.

The intensity of the main quake is classified as "VI" on the magnitude scale, indicating light damage and strong shaking.

Authorities say power has been restored to Lincoln, Montana, after an outage caused by a magnitude 5.8 natural disaster early Thursday.

Callers to the KXLY4 Newsroom reported feeling the quake as far west as Spokane Valley and as far south as Pullman. We will provide more details as they become available. The quake damaged a school house in Three Forks, twisted railroad tracks along the Missouri River, and damaged a jail in White Sulphur Springs.