An earthquake occurred in Idaho today 72 km west of Challis Idaho and about 120 km northeast of Boise Idaho. Based on the magnitude and location, I would think that it looks to be a classic Basin and Range earthquake rupturing along the mountain front south and west of Stanley Idaho (if it occurred along the Sawtooth fault--the closest active fault). But the focal mechanism is more strike-slip; we will have to wait for some updates.
The event was widely felt in the Intermontane west with light to moderate shaking in Boise. It was felt as far as Salt Lake City, Bozeman, and Spokane. The strongest ground motions appear to have been in the relatively low population Challis National Forest. Numerous aftershocks are expected.
Location of the epicenter in the Sawtooth Mountains. The yellow line to the south is the Sawtooth fault. Note the focal mechanism indicating strike-slip sense of motion
- Main USGS Page on the event
- Idaho Geological survey page on the event
- Fault map of the area from Idaho Geological Survey
- Seismogram recorded at ASU (thanks to John West, Ed Garnero, and Wendy Lin)
- Ground Motion Visualization from IRIS
- Writeup on the event from Temblor.net by Tiegan Hobbs
- UNAVCO response page
- Mapping of the area by Sotiris Valkaniotis
- Seismicity map by Jascha Polet
- Geologic map of the area (H/T Mike Bunds)
- Geomorphic pondering by Austin Elliott
- Commentary on why this would not be likely to have an effect on Yellowstone volcanic system (note that Mike Poland is an ASU Alum)--comments are for the Utah earthquake from a few weeks ago, but still generally relevant.
- Tectonic setting (from UCB Seismo Lab)