A magnitude 5.0 aftershock rattled Tonopah this morning less than a week after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook the region, damaging roads and sending tremors as far away as Utah and California.
This morning’s aftershock, which struck at about 5:36 a.m. Wednesday morning, is one of what appears to be dozens of temblors that have struck the area in the days following last Friday’s mainshock.
So far, 35 people have reported feeling this morning’s aftershock to the United States Geological Survey. Those reports have come from as far away as Carson City and Sonora, California.
In the hour after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck last Friday, seismologists from the Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, said six aftershocks all measuring above a 4.5 struck. One of those aftershocks measured a 5.1.
Friday’s mainshock was the largest earthquake to occur in Nevada in the last 66 years.
That quake, and all of its subsequent aftershocks, occurred in the Walker Lane Seismic Region, a 60-mile wide zone of active faults that straddles the Nevada-California border. That fault system stretches from the Mojave Desert in Southern California, through the Sierra Nevada, north through western Nevada and the Reno area and back into California.
Sam Gross is a breaking news reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal who covers wildfires, emergencies and more. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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