The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit near Lincoln on Saturday and registered 4.3 magnitude. People from as far away as Helena reported feeling the quake.
According to USGS records, it was the largest quake in Montana since a 4.8 magnitude quake was reported near Bozeman 2-years ago. And it was larger than several of the recent quakes near Helena, including a 4.1 magnitude quake which hit 16-years ago.
The quake is on par with several that have struck Western Montana in recent decades, although many of those were 2-to-3 decades ago. Butte still hold the mark for one of the strongest quakes in recent years, a 5.6 magnitude quake which hit near the Mile High City 11-years ago.