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Moderate temblor rattles Northeastern Nevada

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October 8, 2001

ELKO, NEVADA - A moderate earthquake registering about M4.6 shook a wide area of Northeastern Nevada last night, but was not large enough to cause any damage or injuries.

According to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNRSL), the earthquake occurred at 10:37 p.m., October 7,about 30 miles north of Elko and 4 miles north of the Highway 225/226 junction in the foothills of the southern Independence Range, at the confluence of Pie Creek drainage. (Maps: TopoZone, MapQuest ) The actual location is: 41.225 N, 115.858 W and the GMT time is 05:37:09.

This location is well outside the perimeter of the Nevada Seismic Network and there was no indication as to the depth of the temblor. The National Earthquake Information Service (NEIC) has not reported the event as of yet.

The quake was reportedly felt in the Elko area bur there were no indication of items toppling from tables or shelves. Did you feel this quake?

One aftershock has been detected but the time, date magnitude has not been provided by UNRSL at this time.

The UNRSL catalog of earthquakes shows only three quakes in the M4+ range have occurred north of Elko and in the vicinity of the Independence Range since 1900 and this was the first since a M4.7 on November 16, 1956.

You can follow weekly earthquake activity in western Nevada with the Seismo-Watch Brief Western Basin and Range earthquake report. EQ Flash! alert bulletins can alert you to when earthquakes occur in western Nevada.

This report was updated at: 11:13:39 AM Friday, October 12, 2001

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