4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nevada

A map shows the approximate location of the epicenter of Friday's quake near Caliente, Nev. (Bing Maps)
A map shows the approximate location of the epicenter of Friday’s quake near Caliente, Nev. (Bing Maps)

A shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near Caliente, Nev. on Friday afternoon and was felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas.

The quake caused minor damage to a highway off-ramp and multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city’s famed Strip.

The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 were reported in the minutes afterward.

There were no reports of damage or injuries near the epicenter, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

The Nevada Department of Transportation received reports of damage to U.S. 95 South near Las Vegas at 12:22 p.m., said Tony Illia, an agency spokesman.

The quake dislodged rubber casings on an exit ramp, prompting a shutdown of that portion of the highway, but repairs were expected to be completed on Friday evening. The damage was from normal wear-and-tear, and was slightly exacerbated by the temblor, the DOT said.

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SOURCE: MICHAEL MUSKAL
The Los Angeles Times

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