A earthquake, centered in Idaho, rolled through Western Montana Tuesday, March 31, before 6 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey told the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office that the quake was initially measured at 6.5 and was centered about 45 miles west of Challis, Idaho. The Ravalli County 911 center was jammed with calls from people in the Bitterroot Valley who felt the strong rolling temblor that lasted for about 30 seconds. No early reports of damage, but more information will be available later.

Please do not call the 911 center unless you need medical, law enforcement or fire services.