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45th Anniversary of a Seismic Event in ND

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This week marks the 45th Anniversary of something very unusual for North Dakota...

an earthquake.

On July 8, 1968 the State Capitol Building shook just a little.

The tremor was actually an earthquake with the epicenter located just a few miles southwest of Huff, North Dakota.

The effects of the earthquake were merely rattled dishes, windows, and maybe a little coffee sloshing from their cups.

Surprisingly, there have been 10 earthquakes in the last century in North Dakota.

"The surface of North Dakota actually resembled that of the Himalayas. It's just those events occurred over a billion years ago. And since those mountains have eroded away. But even though the mountains have eroded away and they've been covered up by various sediments from glacial and marine activity, their faults are still left behind," says Timothy Nesheim, Subsurface Geologist.

The northern plains is one of the most stable areas in the world.

But with more technological advancements, geologists will be able to continually monitor seismic activity in North Dakota.

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