4.4 earthquake among several to shake Tahoe-Reno area Tuesday | SierraSun.com

4.4 earthquake among several to shake Tahoe-Reno area Tuesday

Staff report
This map shows where the cluster of quakes were reported, about 7 miles south of Reno and 20 miles or so northeast of Lake Tahoe.
Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey |


This story has been updated from a previous version to better reflect the number of events associated with the series of quakes, and their location, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A series of earthquakes rattled the Truckee-Tahoe region Tuesday night, including a 4.4 magnitude temblor that struck in Reno.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, several small quakes hit the region in a roughly 2-hour span between 10:18 p.m. Tuesday and about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday — most were clustered in the same area about 3 hours northwest of Galena High School.

According to media reports, the 4.4 temblor was recorded 6 miles below the Earth’s surface near the area of Thomas Creek and Foothill roads in Reno.

The initial event of the sequence was a magnitude 1.2 event at 10:18 p.m., according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, followed by magnitude 3.2 (10:22 p.m.), 3.0 (10:36 p.m.) and 3.1 (10:45 p.m.) events prior to the magnitude 4.4. Another magnitude 3.1 earthquake occurred at 11:05 p.m.

In all, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory recorded a total of 32 events associated with this sequence of earthquakes, according to a Wednesday statement from the University of Nevada, Reno.

“I like to remind everyone that it is always appropriate to make a plan for what to do during a disaster, in this case: secure your home before; drop, cover, hold on during; and assess damage after,” Aaron Kenneston, with Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, said in a statement. “Assemble a kit with at least 72 hours of water, food, first aid supplies, flashlight and battery-powered radio in case of utility disruption, and stay informed about our earthquake risks.”

Updated information for activity associated with this earthquake is available at http://www.seismo.unr.edu/Earthquake.

Residents across the greater Truckee-Tahoe-Reno region reported feeling the quakes, according to various social media posts.

The most distant response was from Elko, 388 miles from the epicenter.