Quakes rattle Valley
December 28, 2016
Aftershocks from two 5-plus magnitude earthquakes near Hawthorne continue to rattle Western Nevada this morning.
The two earthquakes occurred within four minutes of one another at 12:18 a.m. north of Aurora Crater southwest of Walker Lake.
Those set off more than 30 additional earthquakes in the same area about half way between Hawthorne and Bridgeport.
Douglas County emergency officials said that residents called 911 reporting the earthquake, but there have no reports of damage so far.
The University of Nevada, Reno, Seismological Laboratory has reported four 3-magnitude earthquakes since 1:11 a.m., with most recent being at 3:49 a.m.
Nearly 50 people in Gardnerville and Minden reported feeling the earth quakes to the the U.S. Geological Survey web site.
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The area is located in the Walker Lane, a geologic trough where seismic activity is common.
The lane starts in Death Valley and continues northwest roughly along the California-Nevada border and ends somewhere between Pyramid Lake and Lassen Peak.
The Lane reportedly takes up 15-25 percent of the boundary motion between the Pacific and North American plates, and could replace the San Andreas Fault system in the distance future.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake 16 miles southwest of Hawthorne was felt throughout Carson City, Lyon and Douglas counties early Wednesday morning.
The quake reported at 12:18 a.m. was 73 miles southeast of Carson City, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.
At 12:22 a.m. a second quake, this one a 5.7 was reported 14 miles west-southwest of Hawthorne. That quake also was felt throughout Northern Nevada. The second quake was 70 miles southeast of Carson City.
Another quake was felt at 1:14 a.m. in Carson City, this one was long and rolling.
Carson City Dispatch received numerous calls after the quakes. No damage has been reported in Carson City.
The quakes continued:
A 4.0 was reported at 12:26 a.m. according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno. This quake was 17 miles west southwest of Hawthorne or 70 miles southeast of Carson City.
A 3.6 — was reported at 12:29 15 miles east northeast of Bridgeport, Calif., or 68 miles southeast of Carson City.
At 12:39 a.m., a fourth earthquake was reported 29 miles southeast of Fallon. This quake, which was 76 miles away from Carson City, registered at a 3.0 magnitude.
A 3.9 quake was reported at 12:57 a.m. about 16 miles southwest of Hawthorne (72 miles southeast of Carson City)
A 2.8 was reported at 1:09 a.m. west-northwest of Tonopah.