Last Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nevada earthquake today shakes Reno, Sparks


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M 4.2 moderate earthquake shakes Spanish Springs, Nevada today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 3 km NE of Spanish Springs and 19 km NE of Reno. It was 8.7 miles deep.

Tremors were felt by the people of Camino, Carson City, Dayton, Foresthill, Grass Valley, Incline Village, Nevada City, Placerville, Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Truckee and Virginia City.

According to the Washoe County emergency management officials, no damages or injuries have been reported from Nevada earthquake today.

Related post: Nevada natural calamities 2013

Nevada is the third most active state for earthquakes in the United States.
Earlier reports has shown that there are at least two active faults in the Reno area that may be capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher.

The 1915 Nevada earthquake (Pleasant Valley earthquake) was the strongest earthquake to hit Nevada. 1915 Nevada earthquake had the magnitude of 7.1 with  a maximum perceived intensity of X (Intense) on the Mercalli Intensity Scale.

00:51 UTC (local time 2013-08-26 17:51 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
Moderate (V): Spanish Springs, Golden Valley, Sun Valley, Lemmon Valley and Sparks
Light (IV): Reno
Weak (II-III): Fernley, South Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Truckee and Susanville

Epicenter Location
3 km NE of Spanish Springs, Nevada
11 km NE of Sun Valley, Nevada
16 km NNE of Sparks, Nevada
19 km NE of Reno, Nevada
56 km N of Carson City, Nevada

Original post: Natural Disasters List August 27, 2013

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