Still chance for more Reno earthquakes |

Still chance for more Reno earthquakes

Staff Reports

A swarm of earthquakes, the largest being magnitude 4.4, rattled south Reno between 10 and 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

As of 6:43 a.m. Tuesday, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory recorded a total of 32 events associated with this sequence of earthquakes.

The largest was reported at 10:46 p.m. about six miles south of Reno near Galena.

Officials said there is a slight increase in the probability of an event during an ongoing sequence of earthquakes such as this one. The Nevada Seismological Laboratory continues to closely monitor the activity in south Reno.

“I like to remind everyone that it is always appropriate to make a plan for what to do during a disaster, in this case: secure your home before; drop, cover, hold on during; and assess damage after,” said Aaron Kenneston, with Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, said. “Assemble a kit with at least 72 hours of water, food, first aid supplies, flashlight and battery-powered radio in case of utility disruption, and stay informed about our earthquake risks.”

The swarm was presaged by two small earthquakes, starting around 10:18 p.m., according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The lab reported a 3.2 quake hit at 10:22 p.m., this one was just five miles south of Reno and 19 miles north of Carson City.

Two quakes of 3.1 magnitude bookended the 4.4 magnitude quake.

The area is seismically active with multiple hot springs, which are used for power generation.

Commenters on the Nevada Appeal Facebook page reported feeling the quake in Carson City.

More than 750 residents of Reno and Washoe Valley reported feeling the 4.4 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A score of Carson residents reported feeling the earthquake, while two Carson Valley residents sent in reports to the Did You Feel It web site.

The most distant response was from Elko, 388 miles from the epicenter.

Updated information for activity associated with this earthquake is available at