Saturday, April 26, 2008

Shake-N-Quake

4.7 quake rocks Reno as area's seismic activity continues
A man who said his name was Juan cleans up the groceries that toppled from the shelves at Save Mart in Northwest Reno after Friday night's strong earthquake April 25, 2008. The quake had a preliminary reading of 4.7 and is the latest of 100's of earthquakes that have swarmed the northwest Reno area in the past six weeks with the quakes getting progressively stronger. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette Journal - Marilyn Newton)

RENO, Nev. — Another earthquake struck the Reno area, dumping cans off shelves, knocking pictures off walls and sending rocks off hillsides of the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada.

There were no immediate reports early Saturday of injuries or major property damage from the quake late Friday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 4.7 magnitude temblor hit at 11:40 p.m. and was centered six miles west of Reno near Mogul, where a swarm of more than 100 quakes rattled the area on Thursday. The biggest of those was a 4.2 event.

A 3.5 aftershock followed at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, followed by at least 30 smaller ones, the USGS said.

The initial quake was felt 30 miles north in Portola, Calif., and at least 45 miles south near Stateline, Nev., on Lake Tahoe's south shore.

The temblor cracked walls in northwest Reno, broke lawn watering lines and damaged a wooden flume built along the Truckee River in the late 1800s to carry lumber from Lake Tahoe down the mountain to Reno. Emergency crews responded to the flume break near Mogul but there were no immediate reports of flooding.

It was the strongest quake to shake the city since hundreds of much smaller events have been recorded in the area since the end of February.

Jars of mayonnaise, bottles of ketchup and shampoo fell from shelves at a Wal-Mart store in northwest Reno. It caused the overhead televisions to sway at a sports bar in neighboring Sparks, 11 miles east, where bartender Shawn Jones said the rumble was significantly stronger than Thursday's event.

"The bottles were shaking so I sent everybody outside," he said.

Shirley Dippel of Sparks said the quake pushed her bed against the wall.

"That's the best one I've felt so far, and I've been here 44 years," Dippel told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

High school senior Alex Hill said it was "scary."

"It is one of those things you know that happens," he said, "but you never imagine it happening in your area."

Scientists said earlier Friday that Reno faces a "small increase" in the chance of a major earthquake in the aftermath of the seismic activity.

"The persistence of this particular earthquake sequence slightly increases the probability for a significant earthquake in west Reno," said a statement from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

"However, the occurrence of additional earthquake activity in the Mogul area cannot be predicted or forecast," it added.

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On the Net:

U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov

: University of Nevada, Reno, seismology lab

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Hey she's a rocking and rolling out here. I80 runs right past the quake area so I have been past there many times, the land forms a huge canyon coming down from Truckee headed toward Reno.

There has been a lot of seismic activity all over the West here, further out into eastern Nevada, west out off the coast of Oregon. There will be a large seismic adjustment of the entire state of California real soon I believe, hopefully it will not happen during the workweek because it will be a mess of carnage if it does.

Fasten your seatbelts, we are in for a bumpy ride.

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10 comments:

DEN said...

Way late today, but looks like everyone slept in anyway.

Ok the coffee is brewing in the corner and bagels on the side.

Dig in!

David B. Benson said...

Earthquake scale 7.0 and up is a major earthquake.

So I suppose 6.0 and up is 'minor'

Then 5.0 and up might be 'strong'.

But then 4.0 and up is only 'moderate.

So it was a moderate earthquake.

But still, not fun to ride thorugh.

º¿carol said...

Conspiracy Theory

º¿carol said...

It's still official: can't post from PREVIEW.

Alan said...

Den, there's a good clip of "Boston Legal" at "Crooks...". I missed the episode. It's Alan Shore in front of the Supreme Court.

©¿rol said...

I heard McCain wanted to suspend the national gas tax. Oh, brother. Perfect idea. Do that, it saves American nothing and roads don't get fixed.

Then just now I saw a Google headline, saying Obama & Hillary at odds over the gas tax. Oh, my gosh! She IS a republican! She's with McCain on that, even put an ad out about it in Indiana. Obama is against it for the same reasons I am.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- Neither can I.

DEN said...

Alan, slapped them down he did!

To bad life is not TV land, a happy ending is needed now and then.

Really drives home the point of an "Extreme Court" though.

DEN said...

Carol, Got googles problems? just try to fix it, I dare ya.

Googles is this vast assemblage of silicon valley rich boys, hiding behind the scenes, watching, and messing with some peoples stuff.

But then I am paranoid.

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