Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Shakes up California Nevada Border. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the California-Nevada border Thursday afternoon. Individuals reported feeling a jolt hundreds of miles away, as far as the Bay Area.
According to USGS, the earthquake, which was detected just south of Lake Tahoe, generated a series of aftershocks, including at least one with a magnitude of 4.6.
According to Graham Kent, head of the University of Nevada, Reno’s seismological lab, “this would be the largest one in over two and a half decades.” “It’s 5.9 and some change – to the ordinary individual, it’s 6.0.”
, the incorrect report, which was first recorded as at least two different earthquakes, was caused by an automated system malfunction. The USGS amended the statement, deleting one recorded quake in central California a few miles south of Stockton.
“An M6 quake is usually felt across more than 100 miles, so it is not unexpected that it was felt in the Central Valley,” Jones explained.
The USGS website received more than 20,000 reports by 6 p.m. local time, indicating that the tremor was felt in at least two states.
City Hall in Reno, which is located north of the stated epicenter, was evacuated following the earthquake, according to Mayor Hillary Schieve.
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Sally Rosen, the owner of a famous burger restaurant in Walker near the epicenter, told the Associated Press that her 2-year-old son was sleeping in her arms in her home behind the business when the earthquake struck.
Cups and other goods fell off the shelves, she claimed, as oil splashed from the fryers.
People shared videos of the aftermath on U.S. 395 through Lake Tahoe on Twitter. Because of rock falls, the road was briefly blocked. A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol told the Stockton Record, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, that pebbles hit several automobiles, but no one was hurt.
The earthquake was felt for a minute in Sacramento, even in the National Weather Service offices, they stated on Twitter, “Blinds moving. Light building motion/shaking movement.”
Other people also tweeted that their water pools, fountains, and windows were shaking.
“While there have been no preliminary reports of damage or casualties, this is a quickly developing scenario, and more information will be released in the coming hours.” The California Office of Emergency Services announced the closure on Twitter. “We are collaborating closely with local officials to ensure that they have the resources and assistance they need to respond quickly to these earthquakes.”
The earthquake on Thursday afternoon was minor in comparison to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California in 2019. According to the USGS, the earthquake that shook Ridgecrest was 15 times larger and 63 times stronger than this one.