Largest earthquake to hit Nevada in 66 years

The quake’s epicenter was about 100 miles from the Long Valley caldera near Mono Lake, where a supervolcano erupted about 760,000 years ago at the Brunhes/Matuyama magnetic reversal.

Is there a connection? I don’t know.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas about 35 miles west of the town of Tonopah near the California border, according to the US Geological Survey.

The first large quake since 1954, “it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California,” said Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

Nevada is the third most seismic state in the nation, Kent added.

The earthquake was “widely felt,” USGS spokesman Paul Laustsen told CNN.

They have discovered some broken windows in Tonopah, said Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly.

“North- and southbound (US 95) is undriveable around mile marker 89,” said Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Stritenberger. “According to people who called it in, it’s buckled really bad.”

The USGS forecast that there will be between 63 and 260 aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater over the next seven days, with a 4% chance of one with a magnitude of 6.5 or more.

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6 thoughts on “Largest earthquake to hit Nevada in 66 years”

  1. A volcano went off to 46,000 feet today in Southeast Asia. Huh, volcanos, earth quakes, what is next? I read the north pole is picking up steam racing to Siberia !

  2. Don’t expect the mainstream media to wake up to what magnetic reversals are anytime soon!
    Maybe they’re is a slight chance that Forbes knows what a “sunspot” is by now. But since they all have been smoking crack and living in a cave for 42 years, I doubt they’ll learn anything more LOL.

  3. hi Robert;-) and yes aftershocks sure happening looking at usgs tonight aussie time. hope they stay lower than the first one.
    Idaho and soda springs is rumbling along recently also
    the sunspot they thought was coming, so far hasnt so more rumbles are likely i reckon.
    we even had a middling 4.7 in Sth Aus near the Clare valley last week, which was a very late follow on from the ones off mcQuarie island and below WA a couple weeks back.
    whenever we get a couple of decent 5’s at 10k deep a while later somewhere on the mainland shakes(not always but often enough to notice it)

  4. Suppose the long valley caldera blew up less than 10,000 years ago. Would there be any concern for a new eruption?

    • The public is fixated on Yellowstone, but Yellowstone still has a long way to go before its magma chambers fill up. Long Valley is far more likely to blow. The Pentagon knows this (a while back they evacuated all non essential personnel from their important air force base smack in the middle of the caldera because they feared recent seismic activity might set it off), but the MSM and general public remain in the dark, for the most part. A major eruption would not be on the scale of a Yellowstone, but it would still be an epic catastrophe. Funny how the web is full of sensational stories about Yellowstone which is unlikely to have major eruption for a very long time, but detailed info on Long Valley risks are hard to find.

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