Cameras show first of three Earthquakes in North Idaho

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network said three earthquakes hit southeast of Sandpoint Thursday night.

Three earthquakes in North Idaho Thursday night and early Friday morning have everyone talking. While there are no reports of damage or injury, the sound certainly scared a lot of people. Listen to how some North Idaho residents described what they heard.

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Experts said a 4.1 magnitude hit Sandpoint, Idaho Thursday evening, followed by a series of aftershocks.

Friday morning, officials with the Idaho Transportation Department said they had shutdown bridges to drivers with oversize loads in Bonner County. The bridges will be restricted until inspections can be completed. Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho also had to inspect rides Friday.

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EARTHQUAKE #1: The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network said the initial earthquake hit 14 miles southeast of Sandpoint at around 7:32 p.m.

WATCH: Shaking felt across the Inland Northwest

KREM 2 News viewers began calling to report what they felt. Many have said it felt like a rumble and others have said it felt like an explosion. Viewers from Sandpoint, Sagle, Rathdrum, Osborn, Bayview and Bonners Ferry have said they felt it.

Emergency crews are not reporting any damage. As of 8:00 p.m. Kootenai Electric was not reporting any outages.

Surveillance video shows the first of three earthquakes.

EARTHQUAKE #2: A second magnitude, 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck the same area as the first, outside of Sandpoint at 10:43 p.m. Finally, around 1:28 a.m.

EARTHQUAKE #3: A third 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit about eight miles east of Sandpoint at 1:28 a.m.

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The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Director, John Vidale, said it is not uncommon for an earthquake to be followed by another one of larger magnitude.

Experts said a 4.0 earthquake often causes objects to sway. An earthquake between a 4.0 and 5.0 could wake people from a sleep and bells would ring. A 5.0 earthquake would cause damage to foundation.

On Thursday morning, viewers spoke with KREM 2 News about what they felt.

"His cameras showed that everything was shaking," said Idaho business owner Jack Miller.

Experts also spoke with KREM 2 News on Thursday about the possibility of more earthquakes hitting our area, and what we could do to prepare for them.

There was also a 6.2 earthquake reported about 113 miles southwest of Bella Balla, Canada (south of Queen Charlotte Islands) on Thursday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there are no active alerts of any tsunami threat at this time.

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake and a 4.2 aftershock shook parts of North Idaho Thursday night.

Residents in Sagle, Idaho spoke with KREM 2 News about what they felt when three earthquakes hit the area Thursday night.

Experts from the USGS spoke with KREM 2 News' Raishad Hardnett about the chances of more earthquakes in our area, and how we can prepare for them.

Where were you when the earthquakes hit? What did you feel? Was there any damage? We invite you to ask your questions and tell us your experiences using the hashtag #KREMQuake on social media.

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