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Earthquake Magnitude 60 in California

Earthquake Magnitude 60  in California

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Earthquake Magnitude 60 in California

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Northern California near Nevada Thu, 08 Jul 2021 16:00:00 -0700-The earthquake struck about 20 miles southwest of Smith Valley, NV. Perceived shaking for the quake was very strong. The event was widely felt, with close to …

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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in California

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Little Antelope Valley, California near the Nevada border on July 8, 2021 at 3:49pm local time (July 8 at 22:49 UTC). Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 6 miles (9.8 kilometers).

The earthquake struck about 20 miles southwest of Smith Valley, NV. Perceived shaking for the quake was very strong. The event was widely felt, with close to 15,000 “Did You Feel It?” reports thus far submitted.

USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time. See the aftershock forecast for details.

The USGS is coordinating its response with the California Geological Survey.

Visit the USGS earthquake event page for more information. For estimates of casualties and damage, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website.

If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS Did You Feel It?” website for this event.

The USGS operates a 24/7 National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado that can be reached for more information at 303-273-8500.

Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

We will update this story if more information becomes available.

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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in California Thu, 08 Jul 2021 16:00:00 -0700-A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck a mountainous region of Northern California near the border with Nevada on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological …

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Northern California near Nevada

July 08, 2021

July 8 (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck a mountainous region of Northern California near the border with Nevada on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but no injuries or serious damage were immediately reported.

The quake, initially registered at a magnitude 6.2, struck at a depth of 6 miles (10 km) and was centered near the town of Walker, California, about 150 miles east of state capital Sacramento, the USGS said on its website.

The quake was followed by a cluster of smaller tremors in the same region of the eastern Sierra Nevada range, the USGS reported. Weak to light shaking was reported as far away as San Francisco, some 200 miles (322 km) to the east, and as far west as the Nevada capital of Carson City, according to the crowd-sourced “Did You Feel It” map posted by the USGS.

“While there are no preliminary reports of damage or injuries, this is a rapidly evolving situation & more details will emerge in the coming hours,” the California governor's Office of Emergency Services said on Twitter. “We are working closely with local officials to ensure they have the resources and support to rapidly respond to these earthquakes.”

While earthquakes registering magnitudes between 5.5 and 6.0 are capable of causing some damage to buildings and other structures, Thursday's flurry of tremors struck in a relatively sparsely populated area.

Quakes of that size are not uncommon in seismically active California. But Thursday's temblor rattled local residents.

“It shook us good,” Sue Wood, a waitress who was serving plates of hamburgers to customers at a general store in Smith Valley, Nevada, near the quake's epicenter, was quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle as recounting minutes afterward.

A loud crack was heard as the floor rolled, and then merchandise on store shelves shook for about 20 seconds, Wood told the newspaper, calling the incident “scary.”

Reporting by Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Tom Hogue and Sandra Maler

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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– July 9, 2021
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