5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Montana

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LINCOLN, Mont. - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit western Montana early Thursday morning .

Bismarck resident Jenna Ripplinger was in Helena, Mont., making a pit stop on her way back home and experienced the quake. At first, she thought it was tornado.

"We were in a truck and the entire truck started shaking. It felt like it was almost like off the ground. And then we got out of the truck because we could still feel it move. And then we got out of the truck and stepped onto the ground and I could, everything was shaking, it was bizarre," said Ripplinger.

Montana officials advised no travel for awhile because of potential aftershocks.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office says power was restored to the area...and there were no reports of injuries or significant damage in the surrounding area.


ORIGANAL STORY: A rare earthquake rattled parts of western Montana overnight.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 5.8 struck near Lincoln, Mont., around 12:30 a.m. local time.

There are no reports of injuries but the quake rattled a store, knocking merchandise off shelves and knocking out the power briefly.

It lasted for about 30 seconds, beginning with a slow tremor and then building in intensity.

There are reports the earthquake was felt as far away as Spokane, Wash.

It was the state's largest shaker in a dozen years.