Hebgen Lake Earthquake


The boys collaborated on this post about their visit to Quake Lake in Montana.  

Quake lake is a lake that was formed by an earthquake in 1959.  Our Aunt Katie was working at Old Faithful in Yellowstone. She felt the earthquake from Old Faithful. Quake Lake is approximately 56.4 miles away from where she was. Our Aunt Sara and Grandpa John could feel it from Idaho Falls which is 118 miles away. Earthquakes can be very powerful.


Quake Lake, Montana

There is a thing that measures the magnitude of an earthquake, it is called the Richter Scale. The Richter Scale rates earthquakes on a scale of 1-10. 1 being least magnitude and 10 being the highest.


The Hebgen Lake Earthquake was a 7.5. The Nepal earthquake was an 8.1. There was a big difference in the amount of people that got hurt. In Nepal 9,000 people died and 23,000 got injured. But in the Hebgen Lake earthquake 28 people died and 250 got hurt.  There are not as many people in southwest Montana, where Hebgen Lake is, than there were in Nepal.  That’s why there weren’t as many deaths.

Please watch the video below to see a survivor’s account of the Hebgen Lake Earthquake.


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