20 Earthquakes Strike Southwestern Nevada in Just 5 Days

Most people in the Reno-Tahoe area were still in bed when they felt the ground shaking.

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Nevada, about 20 miles southeast of the town of Mina. Aftershocks were felt in Reno, about 160 miles northwest of the epicenter, a short while later.

According to CNN, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas earlier in 2020, which registered as the largest earthquake in the state in 66 years.

Several earthquakes were recorded in Nevada.
Source: YouTube/8 News NOW Las Vegas
Several earthquakes were recorded in Nevada.

“As the third most seismic state in the nation, we kind of had a streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years,” Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory told CNN.

Nevada is the third most seismic state in the U.S.
Source: YouTube/8 News NOW Las Vegas
Nevada is the third most seismic state in the U.S.

“This was a magnitude 6.5, and it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California,” Kent said.

The first tremor hit at 1:13 a.m. with a depth of 3.7 miles about 20 miles southeast of Mina, Nev.
Source: YouTube/Thunder Bird
The first tremor hit at 1:13 a.m. with a depth of 3.7 miles about 20 miles southeast of Mina, Nev.

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory at UNR reported 20 earthquakes in the state in a period of 5 days, 15 on Nov. 13 alone, each registering between 1.38 and 5.46 in magnitude.

A chef runs for cover as the earthquake shakes the walls of his restaurant.
Source: YouTube/Thunder Bird
A chef runs for cover as the earthquake shakes the walls of his restaurant.

Learn more about where the earthquake struck in the video below.

And see footage from inside buildings affected by the quake in the video below.

As SFGate reports. Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the U.S. The largest earthquake to hit the state was a magnitude 7.3 quake in 1915, while a 7.1 magnitude quake struck in 1932. Few disasters come close to the quakes of 1954, however, when five earthquakes rated at magnitude 6.5 or greater were measured just minutes apart.

“And then it just went cold for 66 years,” Dr. Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, told SFGATE. “We would tell people it’s all going to end and now it has. We knew sooner or later it would break and it broke in an area that’s not that populated.”

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.

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