I would have been a child then but oddly enough I have never even heard about this deadly earthquake.
The 7.5 Richter scale quake triggered a massive landslide that sent 80 million tons of rock crashing down the Madison River Canyon in Montana. High velocity winds and a gigantic wall of water swept through the area. The Madison River was blocked -- water backed up behind the rocks.
In a matter of seconds, the earth's crust dropped 19 feet. The land under nearby Hebgen Lake tilted upward. There were cabins on the north shore -- they were all consumed by the water. Meanwhile, the south shore lay high and dry. Water sloshed -- waves crashed. Waves crested over nearby Hebgen Dam. The earthen dam cracked but did not break.
Three sections of US Highway 287 fell apart, Hundreds of vacationers were trapped. Twenty-eight lives were lost. A new lake was formed. Fittingly, it became Quake Lake. The lake itself filled in three weeks. It is 190 feet deep and 6 miles long.
Our campground at Island Park, Idaho is less than 20 miles from this specatcular natural disaster. We learned about the occurance from a tourist brochure in the campground office.
Surprisingly, from my group, nobody wanted to see Quake Lake except me so I didn't see it.
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