The U.S. Geological Survey said at least six small earthquakes, including an initial 4.2-magnitude quake, shook the Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City areas on Friday morning.
The most intense clashes were near the northern end of the lake at Dollar Point, Calif., at about 8:30 a.m. PST. There were no immediate reports of damage.
It comes as the Lake Tahoe resorts and attractions prepare for the Memorial Day holiday they hope will help mitigate the coronavirus outbreak, and as lawmakers in the Nevada capital meet. In the beginning to finish the business before going home for the long weekend. It was also the latest earthquake in a series to have seismologists closely watching the Lake Tahoe area. They were concerned that a larger earthquake would cause a tsunami.
Friday’s strongest earthquake was caught on video during a meeting of the State Senate Finance Committee to expand Medicaid coverage.
“We are in the midst of an earthquake,” state Senator Chris Brooks said calmly as he saw the crystal ball move.
in the reflection of the mirror Someone saw someone waving his or her hand. After a few minutes Senator Brooks added, “Okay, the earthquake is over.”
He joked to Michel Gorelow, a female protester who was about to present to the committee: “You really came in.”
The earthquake also interrupted Senator Julia Ratti’s presentation to the General Assembly committee on methods and methods of consideration.
“That was fun. It’s a very good thing,” said Senator Ratti. “Major business is happening today. So we will continue.”
The Geological Survey initially reported the quake had a preliminary intensity of 4.1, but this has been fixed. It was followed by an earlier size of 2.9 around 5 a.m. local time in the Dollar Point area, according to the USGS.
Later on Friday morning Four more smaller post-shock earthquakes were reported, with preliminary magnitudes between 2.7 and 3.1, according to the Geological Survey.
The activity is part of an ongoing sequence that began with a magnitude 3.7 earthquake on April 25, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said on Twitter.
Dr Graham M. Kent, the lab’s director, said that since then “dozens” of earthquakes of magnitude 1 to 3 have occurred.
He said the sequence was being watched closely by seismologists. because if the current sequence continues It can cause two major fault lines under the lake. and can cause tsunamis up to 30 feet.
Dr. Kent said “Both concerns were absent 4,500 years ago and 1,000 years have passed since normal or fractured events.”
USGS research geologist Alex Hatem said this morning’s 4.2-magnitude quake occurred in a fault area called Walker Lane, which has “complex, closely spaced faults in various ways” that make it difficult. to determine which faults cracked on Friday.
Within 20 minutes of the 4.2 earthquake, the USGS received more than 1,200 reports from residents who said they felt the quake.
Employees of Obexer’s Boat Company, a marina on the west side of Lake Tahoe. It was felt that an earthquake at 8:30 had caused their buildings to shake.
Office and property manager Joanne Kilburn said she was sitting at her desk getting ready for the busy Memorial Day weekend when she felt it.
“The walls were cracked and the building shook,” she said. “I was worried I had to leave.”
Other employees in the complex, including the store The huts by the harbor and the lodges also felt the vibrations. which only lasted a few seconds
“Our manager in the general store said he was looking at the liquor wall because he was afraid it would collapse,” she said.
Ms Kilburn said she had never felt this way three hours ago. “We have had them over the past few months quite regularly.”
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 was strong enough to be felt. but only inflicts a small amount of damage. According to the Michigan Technological University report.
So far, there hasn’t been any damage. except the nerves of the people
The Carson City Fire Department said it had not sent any calls Friday morning related to the quake. The Reno Fire Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.