(BUTTE)- Seismologists say a small earthquake that hit West Central Montana Saturday night was centered just outside of Lincoln.
USGS reports the quake was a 3.6 magnitude and hit around 10:42 Saturday evening. That makes it one of the strongest quakes in Western Montana in several months.
The quake's epicenter was 9-miles outside Lincoln, or 32-miles west northwest of Helena. The earthquake was fairly deep, at just over 10-miles below the Earth's surface, so that limited the amount of area where people might have felt the quake. Maps show it would have probably been noticed most in the lightly populated areas immediately north and west of Lincoln.