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6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Nevada

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

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Following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Western Nevada, authorities searched for possible highway damages. This happened 215 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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The U.S. The Geological Service reported that the tremor was reported at 4:03 a.m. about 35 miles west of Tonopah and just east of the Sierra Nevada range. The quake was upgraded after being initially reported at 6.4-magnitude.

The initial quake struck about 4.7 miles deep, the USGS said, and dozens of aftershocks were recorded in the next three hours, including two with estimated magnitudes of 4.9.

Sources from the Las Vegas Sun revealed that there were no immediate reports of injury, but part of U.S. 95 was closed as state troopers and sheriff’s deputies from Esmeralda and Mineral counties checked that highway and State Route 360 for possible damage, the Mineral County sheriff’s office said.

The Nye County sheriff’s office was also checking a report of possible damage to U.S. 95, Capt. David Boruchowitz told KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. “Other than that, just a bunch of people shaken up.”

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The quake occurred in a remote area of the state between Reno and Las Vegas, and people from Salt Lake City, Utah, to California’s Central Valley tweeted that they felt it.

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