Earthquake sets off swarm |

Earthquake sets off swarm

by Kurt Hildebrand

A small swarm of a dozen earthquakes struck above Topaz Lake near the Nevada-California border through Saturday night and into this morning.

The first shock hit at 6:02 p.m. and was estimated at a magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Within the hour of the first temblor, seven quakes ranging in magnitude from 1.1 to 3 were measured near the first quake’s epicenter.

Two more aftershocks of 1.8 and 1.7magnitude occurred at 7:18 and 8:07 p.m.

Smaller aftershocks of 1 were recorded at 11:09 and 11:34 p.m.

The last aftershock was a 1.9 magnitude recorded at 2:09 a.m. by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The initial earthquake was felt as far away as San Jose and Modesto, but the largest number of people reporting feeling the earthquake came from Gardnerville with 93 posting reports on the geological survey’s response website.

The nearest responses came from Topaz, which is just a few miles from where the earthquake was centered.

There were no reports of damage as a result of the earthquake, which felt like a sharp jolt in western Carson Valley.

The quake was centered along Highway 89 below Monitor Pass about two miles west of the junction with Highway 395. There have been no reports of damage from the earthquake.