A preliminary magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded in southern Nevada on Friday morning, May 15, 2020.
The main earthquake and its powerful series of aftershock were reported by over 14,500 people on the USGS website.
The quake had a first reported magnitude of 6.4, than M5.8 and finally has been upgraded to M6.5.
According to the USGS, the strong and shallow (2.8 km or 1.7 miles) M6.5 earthquake happened around 11:03 A.M. UTC (4:03 A.M. PDT) about 56km West of Tonopah, Nevada, just east of the Sierra Nevada range, southeast of Lake Tahoe.
The temblor was followed by multiple aftershocks, including two measuring as strong as 5.4, according to the USGS.
People as far as North California have felt the rumblings and heard some earthquake booms:
Did you feel it? 6.4 magnitude hits western Nevada. It hit at 4:04 and was followed by at least 5 other quakes. Felt all the way here in the Bay Area. People in Oakland, San Jose, and SF say they felt it. #quake pic.twitter.com/JxzL3OpvXa— Anthony Leong (@anthonyleong83) May 15, 2020
Even Oklahoma seismometers reported the rattling:
This morning people in western Nevada were woken up by a M6.5 earthquake! Here's the interesting part: Oklahoma seismograms show the shaking from that earthquake.— Megan McClellan (@mmcclellanwx) May 15, 2020
CHECK IT OUT >>> https://t.co/DK0jxBu2YS#earthquakes #QuakesFeltInOklahoma #FOX23 @jamesaydelott @FOX23 pic.twitter.com/gWcq6i8Brv
According to USGS, the area around the Mw6.4 Nevada EQ will continue to experience more earthquakes than usual. Some may be larger, but many smaller. And remember to always Drop, Cover, and Hold on if you feel shaking.
The area around the Mw6.4 Nevada EQ will continue to experience more earthquakes than usual. Some may be larger, but many smaller. Follow our aftershock forecast (https://t.co/UBnFCW2IrU) and remember to always Drop, Cover, and Hold on if you feel shaking. #usgs #NVQuake. pic.twitter.com/tZdmnQBkZR— USGS (@USGS) May 15, 2020
But do you realize we are close to Area 51?
Here some other reports on the USGS website:
Coarsegold ca (245.7 km SW from epicenter) I saw the water shaking in a bottle then I felt shaking and my house made a noise.
Sacramento ca (307 km W from epicenter) Not felt; I hear a noise like a prolonged rattling inside the house.
Citrus Heights, CA (303.3 km WNW from epicenter) Woke from sleep suddenly to bed vibrating and wind chimes in room gently swaying and making noise
(322.5 km SE from epicenter) Woke me up. Lamps swinging, creaks, lasted about 30 seconds. 4 am.
Sacramento (10.4 km SW from epicenter) Whole house felt like it was swaying, dogs woke up, indoor windchime clanked.
Modesto, Ca. (283.9 km W from epicenter) The house was shaking for about 4-5 seconds and making a squeaky structural movement noise. It sounded like a wave. Started slow in movement, increased and then decreased and went away gradually.
Tr (241.8 km NW from epicenter) I was awake and heard a rolling noise and knew it was an earthquake I have said for the last week we are going to have a big quake coming I can alwYs predict them with in a few days of when I say it’s my 6th sense