Earthquake swarm rattles Nevada – 3 large quakes (M5.7, M5.7, M5.3) hit near Nevada-California state line

A series of at least 27 earthquakes was reported on December 28, 2016, near the Nevada-California state line.

The first temblor occurred at 12:22 a.m. Pacific time with a magnitude of 5.7 near Hawthorne, Nev. At least seven quakes with magnitudes between 3 and 5.7 were reported shortly after. Now there are fears a magnitude 7 or above “Big One” could strike the earthquake prone region.

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A series of 30 earthquakes with three major ones rattled the Nevada-California state boarder on December 28, 2016. The Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Light shaking was felt as far away as South Lake Tahoe, Fresno, Visalia and Merced.

The California Office of Emergency Services was assessing, but no serious injuries or damages were immediately reported.

The 5.7 quake’s epicenter was 56 miles from Gardnerville Ranchos, Nev., 69 miles from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 70 miles from Carson City, Nev., and 84 miles from Fernley, Nev.

Terrified locals took to Twitter after the quakes hit:

Tony Lewis wrote: “3 major #earthquake’s in Nevada possible precursors for something big.

Ryan Vance wrote:”Looks like it was a (preliminary) 5.8 quake on the CA/Nevada border. Hope the damage is minimal but it felt pretty big here in SF..

Peppy Heppy wrote “Just felt a fairly large earthquake in South Lake Tahoe! #earthquake.

One user wrote: “These earthquakes have California people all scared to go to sleep. We all in our bed scared to s***!

Another wrote: “I’m scared as hell right now in California #earthquake.

Now there are fears a magnitude 7 or above “Big One” could strike the earthquake prone region.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So strange to find this article. I am in the Auburn, CA area, which is 30 miles east of Sacramento in the Foothills on the way to Tahoe and last night the bed shook, then later it shook again and I thought I was feeling an Earthquake, but then forgot about it. Only now I read the news here on your site and that must have been what I felt, considering they felt it down in Central Valley, then I suppose it was shaking all over the Sierras up here too. We have had them up here in the past from Mount Lassen volcano area and when that shakes, it spreads up and down the spine of the Sierras too. Very different feel to them than the ones down along the coast though. Down there they feel soft and squishier when they shake but up here they feel more solid because it is all granite underneath that is being moved.

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