Huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Nevada as area hit by biggest quake in 66 years

A huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit a remote area of Nevada on Friday 13th November, the largest quake the area has felt in 66 years.

The quake, which was 4.7. miles deep, was initially reported as 5.5 on the richter scale, but the US Geological Survey has since revised the rumble to 6.5.

A spokesman for USGS told CNN the earthquake was “widely felt” and shocked locals as the area has a “streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years.”

Esmeralda County Sheriff, Sharon Wehrly, posted a video of road damage to US 95 following the quake, and a large hole can be seen in the middle of the road.



A spokesman for USGS told CNN the earthquake was “widely felt”
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In the video, Ms Wehrly says: “As you can see, the highway has shifted at mile marker Esmeralda 89.

“A Nye County patrol is on the way to Gabbs to meet with the townspeople, assess damage, and assist them.”

Wherly also said residents of Tonopah had also reported broken windows as a result of the quake.



Esmeralda County Sheriff, Sharon Wehrly, posted a video of road damage to US 95 following the quake
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Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Stritenberger felt the main earthquake and it was the biggest one he’s ever experienced, announcing the closure of the highway.

He said: “North- and southbound is undriveable around mile marker 89.

“According to people who called it in, it’s buckled really bad.”

The revision of the earthquake makes it the largest to hit the area in 66 years, and also occurred at the same time as a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in California.

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Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory told CNN: “As the third most seismic state in the nation, we kind of had a streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years

“This was a magnitude 6.5, and it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California.”



The revision of the earthquake makes it the largest to hit the area in 66 years
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Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory told CNN: “As the third most seismic state in the nation, we kind of had a streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years

“This was a magnitude 6.5, and it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California.”

The revision of the earthquake makes it the largest to hit the area in 66 years, and also occurred at the same time as a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in California.

USGS said it estimates there will be between 63 and 260 aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater over the next seven days, with a 4% chance of one with a magnitude of 6.5 or more.