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5.3 earthquake rattles Idaho-Wyoming area

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BOISE (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 shook southeastern Idaho Saturday morning and briefly jarred residents in northwestern Wyoming.

No damages or injuries were immediately reported in the quake, which occurred at 11:18 a.m.

In Caribou County, about 25 residents called the sheriff's office in Soda Springs to "verify what they felt," said dispatcher Joyce Banks.

"It felt kind of felt like someone was bouncing up and down on the bed. The computers swayed and there was a roaring noise. It lasted about 15 to 20 seconds," Banks said.

Others in Soda Springs who were outside did not feel the quake.

"I didn't know it hit. I missed it," said James Smith, who spent the day working in his yard.

In nearby Wyoming, the quake was felt by some residents.

"I was just sitting in my front room and I heard a noise that sounded like a truck and felt it shake about three to four seconds," said Kevin Jackson, 45, of Afton, Wyo. "I haven't heard any sirens or anything in Afton, so I'm pretty sure nothing happened."

The quake's epicenter was located 27 miles northwest of Afton, about 75 miles south of Grand Teton National Park, near Henry's Peak in the Grays range in Idaho, said Sue Nava, seismic network manager at the University of Utah seismograph station.

"This is a remote area, so I wouldn't expect a lot of damage," she said.

It occurred along a buried fault, but Nava was not sure which one.

The earthquake was widely felt in southeastern Idaho and as far south as Salt Lake City.

"I felt some dishes shaking and moving," said Dan Christiansen of Pocatello.

In Idaho's Oneida County, Brenda Scott, a dispatcher for the sheriff's office, said she received a call about the earthquake "from a deputy's wife. The gal said it shook her lights."

In Wyoming, a minor landslide sent rocks onto U.S. 89 between Alpine and Jackson but no traffic detours were necessary, a Wyoming Department of Transportation dispatcher said. A department worker was sent out to clear the rocks.