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.
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.