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.
Thanks to Oly and Laurel for these links