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Series of small quakes hit Truckee

STAFF REPORTS, Sierra Sun

Saturday morning is a time to relax and sleep in for many, but this past weekend residents were rudely jolted awake by a series of small earthquakes that shook the Truckee area.

A series of small earthquakes rattled the High Sierra early Saturday and were felt as far away as Sacramento. No injuries were yet reported as of noon on Saturday.

The first quake hit at 7:34 a.m. and measured magnitude 4.8, according to the United States Geological Survey Web site. The epicenter was located about 16 miles west of Truckee.

The second quake occurred three minutes later and measured 3.0. Three minutes later, yet another quake hit ” this one a bit smaller and measuring 2.0.

The shaking appeared to taper off with another small quake measuring magnitude 1.6, but then a strong jolt hit at 8:30 a.m. measuring 3.2.

A spokesman for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said they received many alarmed phone calls Saturday morning, but no injuries or damage was reported.

“There was basically no damage as far as we can tell,” the spokesman said.

The NCSO added that the Tahoe Donner area reported the most shaking in Truckee, and that emergency officials were kept busy Saturday morning answering false alarms set off by the quakes.

“We don’t think it even broke any coffee cups,” the spokesman said.

Paula Wickstrom, an office worker at Boreal Mountain Resort in Truckee, said she felt the first quake at her home.

“It was just a big jolt. Everything started shaking. My china cabinet doors popped open,” Wickstrom said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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