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ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY

August 17, 1959

Quake Lake is Formed After a Missive Earthquake
Strikes Southwestern Montana

On this day in 1959, a massive earthquake with a magnitude 7.3 on the Richter Scale rocked Southwestern Montana causing an 80 million ton landslide which killed 28 people and formed what is now called Quake Lake.

Quake Lake is 190 feet deep and six miles long and resides primarily within the Gallatin National Forest. This earthquake was one of the largest to hit the United States in recorded history.