Western Montana is a hotbed of seismic activity. There have been 16 earthquakes in the area since Jan. 1, and scientists say a big earthquake is a possibility, but there’s no way to predict when that could happen.
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology earthquake studies office director Dr. Mike Stickney said there are thousands of small fault lines that run deep beneath the ground in western Montana. The Mission Fault — a big one — runs through Flathead Lake and along the Mission Mountain Range.
“There is a possibility that a large earthquake could occur,” Stickney said.