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4.4 earthquake among several to shake Tahoe-Reno area Tuesday

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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.

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."

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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.

EDITOR’S NOTE

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.