February 27, 2021

A magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Nevada in the US without causing serious damage

A series of earthquakes, the largest of which reached a magnitude of 6.5, shook southwest Nevada in the early hours of this Friday, some 330 kilometers north of Las Vegas, with no news of significant damage, reported the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The strongest tremor occurred at 04.03 (11.03 GMT), and its epicenter was located 56 kilometers west of Tonopah, a small population of about 2,500 inhabitants.

The depth of the quake was 2.8 kilometers, according to USGS.

Eight minutes later, another 4.6 magnitude tremor had its epicenter 61 kilometers southeast of Hawthorne, in the same area of ​​southeastern Nevada, followed a minute later by another 4.9 seismic movement west of Tonopah.

The seismic movements were repeated with one of magnitude 5.1, with an epicenter 59 kilometers west northwest of Tonopah and another at 11.57 GMT in the same area, which registered a magnitude of 4.7.

Still four hours after the biggest shakeup, the region was still registering minor tremors, according to USGS.

The Mineral County Police Headquarters reported some damage to Interstate 95 near Tonopah, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injury.

“The Nevada Department of Transportation, the Mineral County Police Headquarters, the Esmeralda Police Headquarters and the Nevada Highway Patrol are collaborating to assess the damage on and near Route 95,” said a statement released by local media. .


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