Mystery earthquake near McCall puzzles scientists, technicians

Posted on May 18, 2012

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MCCALL, Idaho — You could call it a mystery earthquake, a sonic boom, or maybe nothing at all.

Several witnesses report waking up to what they say was a small earthquake south of McCall early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. However, those shaky claims have employees at Idaho’s U.S. Geological Survey scratching their heads in disbelief.

Mickey Hart lives five miles south of McCall just off Highway 55. The 50-year-old resident said she’s experienced one previous earthquake here in the summer of 2001.

The second earthquake came early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. Hart says that’s when her beloved border collie, Mr. Mac, detected the tremor before it hit.

“It was four in the morning, and the house shook,” Hart said. “It woke up my husband and scared the crap out of my dog.”

However, for some folks here in Idaho, those reports just don’t seem to make sense.

U.S. Geological Survey Technical Information Specialist Tim Merrick said his agency’s seismographs haven’t shown any recent earthquake activity in Idaho.

KTVB

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