Quake Lake

April 13, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Quake Lake (or officially Earthquake Lake) is located in southwest Montana and was created after a huge earthquake struck the area in August 1959.  The earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and caused an 80 million ton landslide which formed a dam on the Madison River. The landslide traveled down the south side of Sheep Mountain, at an estimated 100 miles per hour, killing 28 people who were camping along the shores of Hebgen Lake and downstream along the Madison River.  This earthquake remains the largest known earthquake to have struck the state of Montana in recorded history,  and is one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit the United States in recorded history.

Earthquake Lake, Montana

Earthquake Lake Black and White, Montana

Dead Trees Standing in the water of Quake Lake, Montana


Filed under: Black & White, Landscape, Montana, Nature, Photography Tagged: black and white, Earthquake, fall, historic site, Lake, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, photography, Quake Lake, scenic, travel, Water


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