Earthquake shakes and wakes Truckee |

Earthquake shakes and wakes Truckee

Paul Raymore

A minor quake that hit Placer County near the Nevada border early Thursday morning and shook Truckee residents awake caused no damage or injuries.The magnitude-4.5 temblor hit just before 2 a.m. about six miles north of Kings Beach, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, according to the U.S. Geological Service. Suzanne Johnson, a Placer county dispatcher, said the quake caused no damage or injuries, but frightened some residents.”We just got some scared people woken up,” she said. “I’ve never been in an earthquake and I thought someone hit the building with their car.”911 dispatchers in the Truckee area also received numerous calls about the shaking and the Truckee Fire Department reported one caller who just wanted to be sure that other people had felt the quake too.While the earthquake surprised many people in the region, scientists have long known about the faults underlying the Tahoe Basin.Three active faults exist underneath Lake Tahoe and several earthquakes have been recorded in the region in the past, including a 5.6 tremor that shook Truckee in 1966, a 4.9 earthquake that hit north of Incline Village in 1998, and 1,600 “micro-quakes” that occurred in Carnelian Bay in August 2003.Scientists have also found evidence of magnitude 7 seismic events in the Lake Tahoe Basin during the past 10,000 years.- The Associated Press contributed to this story