Small earthquake rattles North Lake Tahoe, leaves no damage
December 23, 2009
LAKE TAHOE and#8212; Many local residents are reporting they felt Tuesdayand#8217;s nightand#8217;s small earthquake that rattled the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe region and left no damage.
According to the United States Geological Survey website, the 3.7 magnitude quake struck a few seconds before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at about 5 miles north, northwest from Incline Village and 6 miles north, northeast from Kings Beach. The epicenter depth was measured at 5.3 miles.
According to the USGS website as of Wednesday morning, 142 residents from Truckee to Incline Village and Floriston, and as far away as Sparks, Nev., reported feeling the quake, which was characterized as weak and producing no damage.
Sheriffand#8217;s offices from Nevada, Placer and Washoe counties on Wednesday reported they didnand#8217;t receive any calls about the incident.
and#8220;Weand#8217;ve had a lot of small magnitude earthquakes in that area in the last 10 to 15 years,and#8221; said Ken Smith, seismic network manager for the Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno. and#8220;The largest recent event was a 4.9 in 1998.and#8221;
He said the quakes arenand#8217;t associated with any of the major faults in the basin that would cause concern, but they do often come in swarms, so more tremors could come.