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The Reno M 6.0 Earthquake

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On February 18, 1914, an earthquake measuring M 6.0 occurred along the Eastern Sierra Frontal Fault Zone about 2 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada.

The quake caused minor damage throughout the Truckee Meadows, including downed chimneys, broken windows, and a few cracked walls. The temblor was the first M 6.0 event to strike in the region since the 1887 Carson City M 6.3 earthquake.

Two months later and on April 24, 1914 a second and stronger quake struck a few miles east of Reno probably near Fernley or Wadsworth. It measured M 6.4 and caused additional damage in the valley.

It was during the following year that Nevada experienced its strongest tremor ever recorded within its borders, the enormous Pleasant Valley M 7.8 earthquake which was fortunately centered in a remote area of north-central Nevada.

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