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California, Nevada Rattled by Magnitude 6 Earthquake Aftershocks

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On Friday, July 9th, 2021, the Nevada and California border was hit by an earthquake of 6 magnitudes. There was no serious damage; people reported feeling the shaking hundreds of miles away, based on a U.S. Geological Survey statement.

“The ground was shaking pretty bad, and then everything started falling,” said Carolina Estrada, manager at the Walker Coffee Company. Syrup bottles broke, dishes fell to the ground and the roof of the shop caved in a bit.

Ms Estrada said the shaking lasted 30 seconds or more. “We ran out of the building,” she said. As the shaking continued, “boulders the size of cars” fell onto a nearby highway, she added.

However, dozens of aftershocks followed the earthquake with at least six of them registering a magnitude of 4.0 or more, the US Geological Survey reported.

The California Highway Patrol said cars were struck by the boulders, but no one was injured. The rockslides resulted in the closure of about 40 miles of the interstate at one point, authorities said.

Reno mayor Hillary Schieve told the Reno Gazette-Journal that City Hall was evacuated. “It shook pretty good,” the mayor said.

With a depth of 6 miles, residents around Lake Tahoe and all the way to Fresno, California felt the earthquake. It was also felt in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Maybe one minute in length. Blinds moving. Light building motion/shaking movement,” the office in Sacramento tweeted. The office in Reno reported “pretty strong shaking” from the quake.

Rockslides closed about 40 miles of U.S. 395, a major route through the northern Sierra Nevada, The Associated Press reported. A few cars were struck, but nobody was injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. While portions of the interstate were later reopened, crews remained at the scene in case of aftershocks.

“The earthquake rupture occurred along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, which is known to have multiple active faults,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews explained. “The fault mechanism indicates “normal” faulting along a north-south axis. This is consistent with known spreading of the crust beneath the western margin of the Great Basin.”

This is said to be the strongest earthquake in the area since the magnitude 6.1 temblor that happened in 1994. 

 

 

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