3.1 earthquake in Hawthorne
April 20, 2014
No damage was reported from a 3.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred 10 miles east of Hawthorne along Highway 95 at 8:35 a.m. Easter Sunday.
The earthquake is located where the highway climbs out of the Walker Lake valley, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.
It was preceded by a smaller, 1.1 magnitude, earthquake a short distance northeast at 7:11 a.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey Web site included only one report that someone felt the earthquake.
Nevada is third after Alaska and California for earthquake activity in the U.S. While the largest, the Hawthorne earthquake was one of a dozen reported by the seismology lab in 24 hours, including two just east of Stead.
According to Western Nevada College geology Professor Winnie Kortemeier will present a free slide-lecture presentation on earthquakes on 7 p.m. Friday as part of WNC Earth Week activities.
Kortemeier will focus her remarks on earthquakes in our area. "Nevada is one of the most tectonically active states in the U.S.," she said. She will discuss why this part of the state is so active, "and what you can do to protect yourself in your home if a damaging earthquake should occur."
The event will be at the WNC Carson City campus, 2201 West College Parkway, in Marlette Hall, Cedar Building.