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Nevada Hit By Largest Magnitude Earthquake In More Than 65 Years

Nevada Hit By Largest Magnitude Earthquake In More Than 65 Years

A large earthquake hit the US state of Nevada in the early hours of this morning, causing damage to the main highway between Las Vegas and Reno.

The quake, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale, stuck a remote area of the state - which is largely desert - but it is thought to be Nevada's biggest earthquake in 65 years.

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No injuries have been reported, but the Nevada Highway Patrol has since shared pictures that show the highway badly cracked on the US 95 highway.

The tremors from this seismic event were felt as far away as Utah and Northern California.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Incidentally, the epicentre of the quake was about 130 miles from the mysterious Area 51 military base, so perhaps it was caused by thousands of nerds Naruto running in.

Hey, they can't stop all of them, right?

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The earthquake occurred at about 4:03AM local time at a depth of around 1.7 miles underground.

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According to the US Geological Service, it was caused by strike slip faulting in the crust of the shallow North American plate, upon which the USA largely stands.

Well, obviously not Hawaii.

So, the quake - which was initially thought to be 6.4 magnitude, but was then upgraded slightly to 6.5 - occurred 35 miles to the west of the town of Tonopah, which is just to the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and smack bang between the gambling mecca of Las Vegas, and the city of Reno.

Whilst no injuries have been reported, the police were forced to close down several roads after they discovered some pretty nasty cracking had occurred.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Crews have been working hard since the discovery to fix the highways and get them back open once again.

Graham Kent, the director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said that this revised ranking of the magnitude makes this quake the largest in a long time to hit the area.

He told CNN: "As the third most seismic state in the nation, we kind of had a streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years,

"This was a magnitude 6.5, and it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California,"

A spokesperson for the US Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake had been 'widely felt'. Paul Laustsen said: "There have been almost 8,000 'Did you feel it' reports, with people logging into USGS to report it."

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Topics: Science, US News

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]