(USGS) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck about 15 miles north of the town of Whitehorse, Montana, on January 10, 2024.
It struck at a depth of about 40 miles (65 kilometers), according to the USGS.
It was the second-largest earthquake in US history, after the 6.7 earthquake in May 2019, and the most severe to hit a US town in the last decade.
The USGS said the quake “has been characterized by extensive damage to buildings and roads and significant damage to structures.”
The National Weather Service also noted that the temblor hit the town from a distance of about 25 miles (40 kilometers).
A large section of the city was knocked off its foundations, and damage to the town’s infrastructure was “deeply felt.”
The earthquake was felt by more than 40,000 people in Whitehorse and other areas, and caused damage to thousands of homes, according to CNN.
The U.K. Times reported that Whitehorse has experienced more than 1,000 earthquakes in its history.
A similar earthquake struck nearby on January 14, 2047.
The temblors caused the deaths of more than 5,000 and injured nearly 2,000.
The earthquake killed more than 2,200 people, and injured hundreds more, according to the Associated Press.
In 2048, another quake hit the US state of California, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200.