4.0 Quake Shakes Valley

By on February 26, 2016

Seismic activity in the Greater Yellowstone Region has remained at a high hazard for decades.

Jackson, WY — Residents from East Jackson and Rafter J to Moose and Wilson felt a bit shaky around 4 p.m. during a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that originated in Gros Ventre, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

Facebook users quickly replied to Jackson Town Councilman Jim Stanford after he noted the earthquake, quipping it was Mother Nature’s response to a clip he posted about Republican presidential candidates.

“My wife just called and said she felt it right below Snow King,” Carl Pelletier told Stanford. “She said it was impressive,”

“Felt it here at the Jackson Hole Lodge,” Frank Lane agreed, “a good shake for sure!”

While busily working on her laptop, this reporter also noticed her E. Pearl apartment building trembling.

People as far as Tetonia, Rock Springs and Afton sensed the quake too, according to USGS’s “Did You Feel It?” website.

“Earthquakes in the Gros Ventre region are very common,” explained Dr. Bob Smith, University of Utah geophysicist. Although more than 100 people in the valley who visited USGS’s website reported feeling the quake as of 5:30 p.m., Smith was quick to point out: “This is an active area; we had a large swarm in 2010, but this was not a big event.”




About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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