The first, a 4.1 magnitude quake, struck around 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time in the Sandpoint area on Thursday. The second and largest, a 4.2 magnitude quake, struck a few hours later at 10:43 p.m., Pacific Time, and the third, a 3.3 magnitude quake, hit about eight miles east of Sandpoint at about 1:28 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday.
Bonner County dispatch said early Friday that there were no initial reports of injury or damage, but the temblors could be felt across the panhandle region and into eastern Washington. This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Bonner dispatch "received numerous reports of an explosion from callers in Sandpoint, Sagle, Hope and elsewhere."
"We felt it up here in Samuels! Cupboard doors popped partially open and banged shut a couple of times," Cari and Jimmy Cruse said in a message posted to the Bonner County Daily Bee's Facebook page.
"Yikes! Anyone else feel the aftershock just now?" wrote a reporter from the Daily Bee a short time later on the newspaper's Facebook page.
But a number of panhandle residents are keeping their sense of humor over the incidents, posting some pretty funny memes such as:
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the most recent earthquake activity In North Idaho had been in 2003, when a 3.3 magnitude quake struck the region.
KREM-TV reports that it continued to receive calls throughout the night and early morning hours from affected residents in Sandpoint, Sagle, Rathdrum, Osborn, Bayview and Bonners Ferry.