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Morning quake shakes Idaho; yes, Idaho

It’s no California, but Idaho apparently has its fair share of earthquakes, and on Thursday morning, it had another.

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake rattled a rural mountain county in central Idaho around daybreak, though many of its residents likely didn’t feel a thing. The quake happened at 6:21 a.m. local time and was centered about 9 miles northwest of the town of Challis, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Emergency dispatcher Linda Lumpkin told the Idaho Statesman that she was on her way to work when it hit, and her husband — Sheriff Stuart Lumpkin — was still in bed.

"We got a lot of calls, but no reports of anything ... no injuries, none of that," Linda Lumpkin said. She said people were calling and asking if that was really what they thought it was.

Idaho is 6th in the country for earthquake activity, according to the USGS.

And if you think that ranking is surprising, here’s another: California is not first.

One of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history happened in Idaho in 1983. The Borah Peak earthquake left two people dead in Challis, about two hours northeast of Boise, and caused about $12.5 million in damage.

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