Reno City Hall evacuated as 6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes region
Reno City Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck along Nevada’s border with California.
“It shook pretty good,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The temblor hit about 84 miles south of the Nevada city in sparsely populated Walker, California, in the northern part of the state.
No major damage was immediately reported, although a section Highway 395 near Walker was temporarily closed because of boulders on the roadway after the earthquake, the newspaper reported.
BOULDERS ROLL ONTO HIGHWAY FOLLOWING 6.0 CALIFORNIA-NEVADA EARTHQUAKE, AFTERSHOCKS EXPECTED FOR DAYS
Dozens of aftershocks were felt after the initial quake and were expected to continue for days.
“This would be the largest one [in the area] in almost two and a half decades,” Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said, according to the Gazette-Journal. “It’s 5.9 and some change – to the average person, it’s a magnitude 6.0.”
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The earthquake was felt as far away as San Francisco and Las Vegas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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