Cluster of 30 quakes hits near Lake Tahoe

Cluster of 30 quakes hits near Lake Tahoe

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A cluster of more than 30 earthquakes struck Wednesday in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

No injuries or damage to buildings were immediately reported.

The largest were a magnitude-5.7 earthquake that struck at 12:18 a.m. PT about 20 miles southwest of Hawthorne, Nev., and 85 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. A second earthquake struck at 12:22 a.m. with a magnitude of 5.7, and a third, which struck at 1:14 a.m., was a 5.5 magnitude.

The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department in Hawthorne said staffers felt both quakes, but they had not had any reports of problems. The quakes apparently did trigger burglar alarms at two businesses and caused a rock slide that did not block a nearby highway.

The quakes began about 5 miles deep in the Sierra Nevada, the mountain range that divides much of Nevada from California.

Earthquakes of such magnitude generally move furniture or cause plaster to fall and cause little damage to buildings that are constructed to withstand tremors, according to the USGS. Because Nevada is in a known fault zone, most local jurisdictions enforce building codes that require structures to be built to withstand moderate earthquakes.

In addition to Lake Tahoe, the USGS said the largest of the quakes was felt in such areas as Carson City, Nev., and Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes in California, all roughly 60 miles from the epicenter.

 



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