Idaho earthquake triggers rock slides, no injuries

Updated 11:27 am, Saturday, January 3, 2015

CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) ó A 4.9 magnitude earthquake in a remote Idaho county triggered rock slides that blocked some road lanes Saturday but did not cause any major damage or injuries.

The quake followed a 3.7-magnitude temblor that also occurred near the Custer County area on Dec. 22 and numerous smaller recent quakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

Linda Lumpkin
, a dispatcher for the sheriff's office told The Associated Press that everyone there felt it, but there were no reports of damage. The earthquake was recorded at 10:44 a.m. Saturday and was centered about 4 miles east of Challis, a small town of about 1,000 in the center of the state surrounded by U.S. National Forest land.

Rock slides blocked lanes on several roads, Lumpkin said. Sheriff's deputies went out to direct traffic as the transportation department began cleanup.